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Ruth Leone

Ruth Leone, violin, was a member of the New World Symphony for two years before joining the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured and performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Ensembles Leone has performed with, often as a title chair player, include the Heidelberg Castle Festival, the National Orchestral Institute and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. She was concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra when they won the International Youth in Music Festival in Vienna in 1986.

Leone received her B.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music and is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory School. While not at the Philharmonic, Leone enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three children. She has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 1992.

Ruth Leone is underwritten by Anne & Mike Armstrong.

Name: Ruth Leone

Instrument: Violin

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 6

Who have been your greatest musical influences? Jorja Fleezanis (my former teacher and mentor, concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra). She is truly an inspiring musician and teacher. David Oistrakh – I never tire of listening to his recordings.

Who are your favorite composers? Mozart, Mahler and Brahms.

What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? I don't know! I wanted to be a professional violinist from the time I was very young. Maybe medicine.

What's currently playing on your iPod or CD player? My daughter has recently taken over the CD player, so I would have say a certain young pop star who shall remain nameless.

Your hobbies and interests: Boating, hiking, jewelry making and anything that involves spending as much time as I can with my two wonderful kids and husband.

Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: I went to a great little high school in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco. Naples is the extreme opposite environment. I love them both.

Funniest concert moment: There have been so many. One that "pops" into my mind was a Western-themed pops concert with our former principal pops conductor. During a rest, all of the violinists put marshmallows on the tips of our bows and continued playing. That was a funny sight I'll never forget.

Daily practice rituals: The usual scales, exercises etc. to warm up. During season it's on to the parts. Any leftover time is devoted to keeping up the rep.

The question you're asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "Does that hurt your neck or your fingers?" My answer: "No." Of course, when the violin is in its case, I get the standard, "Is that a machine gun in there?"

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