Edicson Ruiz

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Edicson Ruiz
Background information
Born (1985-05-11) May 11, 1985 (age 37)
Caracas, Venezuela
Years active1996-present

Edicson Ruiz (born 11 May 1985 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan double-bass player. At age 17, Ruiz became the youngest member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the second in the Philharmonic history after a harp player in the 19th century;[1] he is also the first Hispanic-American musician to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.[2]

Ruiz started his musical career at age 11 when he joined the Venezuelan network of youth orchestras, known as El Sistema. In 2001, he was awarded the first prize in the youth solo competition at the International Society of Bassists convention, held in Indianapolis. After his first concert in Germany, he was offered a place in the Berlin Philharmonic, becoming a full member after one year of training.[3]


  1. ^ Wakin, Daniel J. (8 May 2006). "A Youth Movement at the Berlin Philharmonic". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  2. ^ Vargas, Ángel. "Jubiloso concierto en Xalapa". La Jornada (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Strings from the slums". The Strad. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2011-01-10.

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