Ruth Laredo Collection
Ruth Meckler Laredo was born on November 20, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan.
Following early piano studies with her mother, she continued her training with
Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Laredo graduated
in 1960 with a Bachelor of Music degree. The same year she married Bolivian
violinist Jaime Laredo. [The couple was divorced in 1974.] During the next
several years both musicians made numerous joint appearances throughout the
world. In 1962 Ruth Laredo made her debut in New York with the American Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Since then she has played all over the
United States with many orchestras including the National Symphony, Boston
Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony. She has also played
in many foreign countries, giving tours in Japan, Holland, and Germany, among
others. Ruth Laredo has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Festival in
Vermont, collaborating with numerous colleagues in virtually all major chamber
works involving the piano.
Laredo has been particularly identified with the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff
and Alexander Scriabin. She has recorded the complete solo piano works of
Rachmaninoff for Columbia/CBS/Sony. As a result of these recordings, she was
commissioned by C. F. Peters to edit an edition of the twenty four Rachmaninoff
Preludes. She has also earned a reputation as a specialist in Scriabin, having
recorded all ten of his sonatas (for Connoisseur Society) along with other
smaller works, and including this music frequently on her recital programs. In
addition, Ms. Laredo has made recordings of works by Ravel, Debussy, Barber,
Chopin, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and many other composers.
Laredo won several awards throughout her career including a Grammy
nomination, and was chosen as one of five pianists to perform at Carnegie Hall
for its 90th anniversary celebration.
Laredo died on May 25, 2005.
SERIES I - PERFORMANCE FILES
Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, promotional materials and
like documents that are related to specific performances of Ruth Laredo. The
materials are organized chronologically by date, and span the period 1960
through 1990. This series is located in boxes 1 through 10.
SERIES II - RECORDING FILES
Here are found reviews, advertisements and promotional materials that are
related to commercial sound recordings made by Ms. Laredo. The materials are
organized alphabetically by composer and are located in box 1 I.
SERIES III - CORRESPONDENCE
This series consists of 119 items and is divided into three categories:
- correspondence to Ms. Laredo
- outgoing correspondence from Ms. Laredo
- miscellaneous correspondence
This series is located in box 12.
SERIES IV - SUBJECT FILES
Here are found various documents that have been divided into the following
- Subseries 1: Festivals
- Subseries 2: Radio and Television
- Subseries 3: Laredo's Professional Activity
- Subseries 4: Laredo's Writings
- Subseries 5: Laredo's Academic Affiliations
- Subseries 6: Unrelated Articles
This series is located in boxes 13 through 16.
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA