Rūta Labutytė, Violin

Lithuanian born violinist Rūta is a Manchester-based young professional musician. In 2018 she made her soloist debut with Brahms’ violin concerto with Stafford Sinfonia, as well as being invited to perform the concerto with other amateur orchestras across central England.

Rūta began her musical journey in Stafford, later she was awarded a scholarship to complete her undergraduate studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Simon Smith. She then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma Course at London’s Trinity Laban’s Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Returning to Birmingham to complete her Masters, specialising in Orchestral Performance with the CBSO, she also completed a year-long Erasmus exchange programme at Vienna’s prestigious University of Music and Performing Arts. In 2018, she won a place on the Hallé Orchestra’s Strings Leadership Scheme where she solidified her skills as an orchestral musician. She is now auditioning and working with major orchestras across the UK and Sweden.

Aside from playing, she is passionate about music education. She has recently completed her Leverhulme Scholarship at Pro Corda, where she trained as a chamber music mentor and continues to work there as a full staff member.

Rūta enjoys an active lifestyle whenever time allows it. In the summer of 2019, she completed a 120km pilgrimage across eastern Latvia, and hopes to complete another one in the summer of 2020 in central Europe.