Mary Ruth Ray
An original member of the Lydian String Quartet, violist Mary Ruth Ray is an internationally known performer who has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe and Russia. She has been an artist-in-residence on the faculty of Brandeis since 1980, teaching viola and chamber music, and serves as director of the Performance Program at Brandeis. An active soloist and chamber musician, she has performed as guest artist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Music Festival, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Boston Musica Viva and Juneau Jazz and Classics, and was invited to present a featured concert/demonstration of the Bach Cello Suites for the 13th International Viola Congress. As member and soloist with Emmanuel Music in Boston, Ray has performed the complete cycle of more than 200 sacred cantatas by Bach as well as chamber music of Debussy, Brahms and Schubert. She is a recording artist with CRI, Nonesuch, Centaur, Harmonia Mundi, and New World Records.