Coordinator of Chamber Music
Associate Professor of Cello
Department(s)Instrumental Studies, Strings, Center for Chamber Music Studies
A native of Croatia, Nikola Nino Ružević has performed in many countries around the world where he has received critical acclaim for his artistry. The Los Angeles Times writes about his playing: "... thrilling intensity and apprehensible projection", " ... compelling narrative skills and imaginative coloring. Each piece told a story the listener could immerse in."
Active soloist and a chamber musician, Mr. Ružević has performed in world-renowned halls such as The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Wienna, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. He has, among others, collaborated with Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Milan Horvat and performed with Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Solisti di Zagreb, Bartok String Quartet, Emerson String Quartet, Zagreb String Quartet, Viotti String Quartet, Apple Hill Chamber Players.
As a juror, Mr. Ružević has judged numerous international competitions including “Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International Violin and Cello Competition”, “Salzburg = Mozart International Chamber Music Competition”, “Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition”, “Rudolf Matz International String Competition”, “Alpe-Adria International String Competition”, “Republic of Croatia String Competition”.
Nikola Ružević has held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Zagreb, Croatia. He has given master-classes at some of the most prestigious music programs: Moscow State Conservatory “P. I. Tchaikovsky”, Toho Gauken School of Music, Yamaha Ginza Concert Association, University of Southern California, Grandmaster Orchestral Music Society Hong Kong. Moreover, Mr. Ružević has been invited to teach at Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival, “Uzmah Hvar” International Summer School, Texas Cello Academy and Festival, Accent Music Festival, TCU CelloFest and Upbeat International Music Festival.
Presently, Mr. Ružević is the Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music and the Coordinator of Chamber Music Studies at the University of North Texas.