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Heidi Ruby-Kushious
principal - Warren Bennis Chair

Heidi Ruby- Kushious, a native of Southern California, received her Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music as a scholarship student of Julius Baker, John Krell, and Murray Panitz. She continued her studies with Thomas Nyfenger at the Yale Graduate School of Music and with Alain Marion at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Heidi made her solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall and was described by Tim Page of the New York Times as a “virtuosic, agile, expressive player with unusual technical accomplishment.” She has also performed solo recitals in New York’s landmark Columbia Artists (CAMI) Hall and Salzburg’s Wiener Saal. Heidi has been featured as concerto soloist with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Herkules Saal in Munich, City Music Cleveland, Curtis Symphony, Yale Philharmonia, Red {an orchestra}, and in a duo concerto with Jean- Pierre Rampal and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. “Their phrasing was a perfect match. The crowd was on their feet at the end.”- Columbus Dispatch. As the first American flute finalist in 21 years, Heidi was Laureate prizewinner of the prestigious Munich International Flute Competition. She received first prize in the Artists International, New York Flute Club, and National Flute Association competitions, and was a featured soloist at the National Flute Convention in St. Louis. Heidi was also the recipient of the distinguished C.D. Jackson Master Award at Tanglewood. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Curtis, Heidi was Principal Flute of the Curtis Symphony Evian Festival tour in France. In addition to her twelve orchestral seasons in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Heidi has held Principal Flute in the Tanglewood, Spoleto-Italy and USA, National Repertory, Cleveland Pops, Red {an orchestra}, and Blossom Festival Orchestras. She has had the honor of playing under the baton of many world renowned conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Frubeck de Burgos, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Most, Otto-Werner Mueller, Ricardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, Leonard Slatkin, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Heidi is a founding musician and is currently in her ninth season as Principal Flutist with CityMusic Cleveland, where she enjoys performing a vast array of repertoire from neighborhood churches throughout North East Ohio to Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. She has received enthusiastic reviews from clevelandclassical.com, coolcleveland.com, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where her performances have been described as “ tranquil, mystical, beautiful, warm, exotic, royal, graceful, frisky, refined, nimble, poetic, sparkling, pristine and superb.” Since 1995, Heidi has continued to enjoy the opportunity of playing extra flute in the Cleveland Orchestra flute section and has had the distinct honor of playing with them on many domestic and international tours. She has also had the privilege of joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section for parts of their 2008-2013 seasons, most recently performing in the DSO Beethoven Festival. In May she will tour with the orchestra for the exciting Carnegie Hall Spring for Music Festival concerts. Heidi has most recently accepted an appointment to rejoin the Flute/Piccolo section of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband, Cleveland Orchestra cellist Paul Kushious, tour as a chamber music duo called INNovation, performing at inns and resorts worldwide. Heidi enjoys teaching privately and her students have been accepted at prestigious conservatories around the world.