Eric Ruske is rated by most international music critics as the best French Horn player in the world. Eric was born in Chicago in 1963 and raised in La Grange where he attended public schools. He graduated from Lyons Township High School in 1981.
At the age of 20, Eric was an associate principal horn player with the Cleveland Orchestra. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1985 and toured in Europe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 1988 he captured the highest prize in the Concours International d'Interpretation Musicale in France. He has performed as a soloist with the Chicago, Cleveland, and Milwaukee symphonies, the Boston Pops, the Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia. His recitals have been heard at the University ofillinois, Stanford University, the University of Iowa, and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, as well as a pair of recitals at the Louvre in Paris. In addition, he has also performed with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv and made an appearance with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinborough. Eric's has two CDs to his credit called Night Poems and Mozart Horn Concerti.