Prof. Bernd Ruf


Bernd Ruf is one of the most creative and experienced musicians in the field of classical crossover. He initiated and developed the crossover symphonies: special orchestral programmes with African, Asian and Latin American musicians, and with jazz and rock musicians.

He has worked with names such as Jon Lord (Deep Purple), Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Bobby Kimball (Toto) and Sir Paul McCartney, with jazz musicians Randy Brecker, Paquito D'Rivera and Charlie Mariano, with world musicians such as Patrick Bebey from Cameroon, the Mongolian group Börte, the Celtic Anne Wylie Band, and as clarinettist in a duo with Uruguayan bandoneon master Raul Jaurena.

As a guest conductor, Bernd Ruf has conducted the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Tonkünstlerorchester Lower Austria, the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra New York.

His CD productions have won gold, platinum and a Grammy nomination. He has conducted many of the game soundtracks currently being produced in Germany. For the past 14 years, Bernd Ruf has been professor and head of the department of popular music, jazz and world music at the University of Music Lübeck.


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