Prof. Jürgen Ruck
born in Freiburg, studied as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation in his hometown with Sonja Prunnbauer and in Basel with Oscar Ghiglia. In 1986 he received first prize at the German Music Competition, and in 1990 the Kranichstein Prize for the interpretation of New Music.
Jürgen Ruck's repertoire includes music from the 16th century to the present. He performs in a wide variety of chamber music ensembles and has appeared at many international festivals. As a soloist, he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (in which he is a regular guest musician), the Ensemble Intercontemporaine Paris, the London Sinfonietta and the radio orchestras of WDR, NDR, SR, RAI Milan and ORF Vienna, among others.
Jürgen Ruck is particularly committed to contemporary music: as guitarist of the Ensemble Modern as well as in collaborations with composers such as György Kurtág and Hans Werner Henze. He played the solo part in the world premiere of György Kurtág's "Gravestone for Stephan" in 1991 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Zoltan Pesko. The important works of Hans Werner Henze for guitar form a special focus of his repertoire. Henze entrusted Ruck with the arrangement and premiere of two new compositions for guitar duo. A CD of these works was released in 1999 by Dabringhaus & Grimm.
"Jürgen Ruck is one of the most remarkable young guitarists of our time. He possesses great poetic musicality that translates seemingly effortlessly into playing thanks to his unusual technical ability. I love very much Ruck's interpretations of my music" (H.W. Henze).