Roberto Ruisi, winner of the 2019 ROSL Annual Music Competition Strings Prize has been appointed the Leader of Hallé Orchestra, its first new Leader in nearly 25 years

The Hallé is has announced that, following an extensive search process, Roberto Ruisi has been appointed Leader of the Hallé Orchestra. Roberto studied at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. Recognised as one of the UK’s finest young violinists, Roberto appeared as a guest leader for many orchestras, including L’Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, all by the age of 19.

As Leader of the Hallé Roberto will have use of a 1695 Stradivarius violin, known as the ‘Lincoln Strad’. This extraordinary instrument was given to the City of Lincoln in 1970 by the Hon. Mrs Dudley Pelham, and is on loan to the Leader of the Hallé.

Roberto will make his debut as Leader of the Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall on Thursday 6 October in a performance conducted by the Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder. The performance includes Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 and features Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.

We are delighted for Roberto, and look forward to following his career closely. 


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