Professor, Piano
Steinway Artist

Eric Ruple enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has performed several times at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.: including a solo concert of the music of Beethoven. His solo performances have also included concerts in New York’s “Steinway Hall” the American Liszt Society Festival, and throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region. He is orchestral pianist for the Virginia Symphony (including a recording of the Mahler Symphony #8), and has served in the same capacity with the Richmond Symphony and Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. He is a regular guest adjudicator for the City Music Festival in Hong Kong, China. He has taught and performed solo and chamber music at “Opusfest” in the Philippines. In addition, he will be featured with JMU horn professor Ian Zook in a new recording of sonatas for French horn and piano to be released in 2017.

Dr. Ruple has been on the James Madison University music faculty since 1987. He is a Steinway Artist and MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher. In addition to teaching at JMU and frequent turns as an adjudicator through the region, Dr. Ruple has taught in a variety of other settings, including his summer work as a faculty member at the Virginia Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He has also served as Coordinator of the Piano Area as well as Interim Director of the School of Music.

Dr. Ruple has been particularly interested in late twentieth-century American piano music and has received acclaim for his performances of works by Elliott Carter, Frederick Rzewski, Robert Muczynski, John Corigliano and George Tsontakis, to name a few. He has done workshops and concerts on the music of fellow Arizonan, Robert Muczynski. He has performed in a number of interdisciplinary concerts with dancers at JMU and the Richmond Ballet. Also of particular interest is the music of Beethoven, which resulted in a sabbatical leave from James Madison University for the study and subsequent lectures and performances of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations.

Eric Ruple has Piano Performance degrees from Arizona State University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan.

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