German harpist Miriam Ruf is an international award-winning soloist, who has performed in halls across Europe and the United States.

A recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Miriam currently holds a season contract as Co-Principal Harpist with the  Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Miriam Ruf


Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

October 2021

Miriam recently won an audition for a season-contract as Co-Principal Harpist with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. She will be joining the orchestra for the 2021/22 season.

The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig is one of the leading orchestras internationally, performing regularly in the Gewandhaus, the Leipzig Opera House, and the Thomaskirche.  Its chief conductor is Andris Nelsons; his predecessors include Felix Mendelssohn Barthoy, Bruno Walter, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt and Ricardo Chailly.

Miriam Ruf, the soloist of the evening, did not owe anything to the work, she opened its treasury and enchanted the whole hall with masterful play. Big applause for the break.

Südwestpresse Ulm

Semifinalist at the Israel International Harp Contest


September 2021

After two online competition rounds, Miriam was selected as one of nine semifinalists of the Israel International Harp Contest. ​She will take part in the contest's semifinal round, which takes place in December 2021 in Akko, Israel. 

You can watch the performances from Round 1 and 2 below.

Round 1 (21:48):





Round 2 (58:24):

Miriam Ruf seemed to be leading the orchestra, and the delicate naturalness of her fabulous playing was a delight. 

In the encore of the early romantic Louis Spohr, she once again used all the possibilities of her wonderful instrument to create a subtly designed playing.

Heidenheimer Zeitung

News: Person of the Week for Donau3FM


October 2020

The German radio station Donau3FM has named Miriam the "Swabian Person of the Week". Listen to the interview about her life and studies in New York below (in German). 

Miriam Ruf