Player Spotlight ~ Celeste Carruth ~ Violinist & Physicist

Opus 745, "Laredo" 1723 Montangnana, 2011

“I met Douglas Cox and my first Cox violin back in 2006 while on a family trip to the east coast. It was a great instrument and I thought I might keep it for the rest of my life, but in March 2013, I happened to be visiting Boston on the same day as Doug's monthly trip, and made arrangements to try out some of his newer instruments. I wasn't really in the market for a new violin, especially since I was heading to graduate school in physics, but as soon as I played a few notes on Opus 745, a copy of Jamie Laredo's Montagnana, I immediately knew I wanted it to be a part of my life.

Thanks to Doug and Laurie for being flexible for a few months while I figured out how to pay for it, I was able to trade in my first Cox and purchase the Montagnana. It has a clear, big, and bright sound and is even easier to play than my first, a Strad model. It inspires me to practice harder and play more beautifully since I can tell its capabilities are far above my own. I'm really excited about the music I'll be able to make with it over the next several years, and am grateful for the profound influence my Cox violins have had on my musical development."

Celeste busking in SFCeleste Carruth began studying violin at the age of five, and recently graduated with degrees in physics and violin performance from the University of Michigan. Although her childhood dream was to become a professional violinist, she is now a physics PhD student at the University of California Berkeley and aspires to work on physics research during the day and make music in her free time.

As a high school student, Celeste studied with Gerald Elias for a few years but then moved from Utah to Boston to study with Marylou Churchill and participate in New England Conservatory's preparatory division, where she also studied chamber music and composition and was a member of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. She has spent summers studying music at the Heifetz International Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Chautauqua Institution, where she performed as principal second and concertmaster of the Music School Festival Orchestra.

As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, she performed in the University Symphony Orchestra and also held positions in the Dearborn Symphony and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and performed in the premier of a new musical, "Placebo." Her undergraduate physics research was based on the K0TO experiment, a high energy particle physics experiment, which gave her the opportunity to spend two summers working at a proton accelerator in Japan. In addition to teaching physics, taking physics classes, and working on ALPHA, an antihydrogen experiment located at CERN, Celeste also enjoys playing in UC Berkeley's Symphony Orchestra and studying composition.

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