Elena Ruehr (born 1963, Ann Arbor) is an American musician, music educator and composer.
Life and career:
Elena Ruehr's parents were a mathematician and an English professor. She grew up in Houghton, Michigan and began piano lessons at age four. She studied composition at the University of Michigan with William Bolcom and at The Juilliard School with Vincent Persichetti and Bernard Rands. She also studied dance and has performed with Javanese and West African ensembles. In 1991 Ruehr took a teaching position at MIT and located in Boston. Her compositions have been performed internationally and are well received. Her music has been recorded and is widely available on media
Many of Ruehr's compositions involve setting poetry to music.
Ruehr is married and has one daughter.
Ruehr has composed works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo instruments and vocals.
Ladder to the Moon (2003) for orchestra,
Toussaint Before the Spirits (2003), opera,
Cloud Atlas (2011), cello concerto,
Song of the Silkie (2000) for baritone, string quartet, text by Laura Harrington,
Sky Above Clouds (1993) for orchestra,
Bel Canto for string quartette,
Averno for choir,
"HOW SHE DANCED": String Quartets of Elena Ruehr Performed by the Cypress String Quartet. Cypress Performing Arts Association.