Ruth Slater is professor of Baroque violin and director of the Baroque Ensemble at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is also a lecturer in the Creative and Contextual department. In this role she takes the specialist seminars in the Teaching Musician classes for bowed strings. Ruth jointly wrote the Baroque Music module at the RCS which she coordinates and lectures on historically informed performance practice as well as taking practical classes. A chapter Ruth has jointly written on ‘Recontextualised Learning through Embedded Creativity: Developing a Module that applies HIPP to Baroque Music’ is being published in a book for Routledge Press, ‘Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education’. She is also a teacher on the Music in History and Music in Society modules.
Ruth is active as a diploma examiner for the ABRSM both in the UK and the Far East. As a performer she freelances widely, regularly directing both period and modern instrument performances, and playing and recording with orchestras such as the Gabrieli Consort and Players and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
She has worked extensively with many groups including Amsterdam Baroque, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Early Opera Company, Brandenburg Consort, Dunedin Consort, The Hanover Band, often playing guest principal. As a soloist Ruth has appeared with many leading period instrument orchestras and ensembles, both in the UK and abroad, including Florilegium, The Hanover Band, London Handel Orchestra and Ludus Baroque.