A California native, Dr. Sergio H. Ruiz has delighted audiences throughout the world. Dr. Ruiz began his studies at five years of age, and his professional training includes studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and Santa Clara University. His teachers include Robert Roux, Paul Schenly, and Hans Boepple.
Dr. Ruiz has performed in venues around the world including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, New York City, Houston, Barcelona, and Quito, Ecuador. His performances on Spanish-speaking radio broadcasts have aired throughout South and Central America. Most recently, he appeared live in concert on Houston's KUHF 88.7, The Front Row with host Dean Dalton. In 2000-2001, with the support of a Wagoner research grant, Dr. Ruiz studied piano in Barcelona, Spain under the tutelage of the great pianist Alicia de Larrocha. During this tenure, he also researched and created an edition of the piano chamber music of Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916)..
Dr. Ruiz has collaborated with members of the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He as also coached chamber music with many distinguished artists such as Paul and Martha Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Jon Kimura Parker, Kathleen Winkler, Anne Epperson, and Norman Fischer..
As an adjudicator and clinician, he has judged at several piano competitions and festivals in Texas and California. Dr. Ruiz has also given concerts and masterclasses at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Quito, Ecuador and was invited back to judge the First Annual National Piano competition of Ecuador. In Summer 2005, he was invited as an examiner for the International Piano Performance Examinations Committee in Taiwan..
In Spring 2005, Dr. Ruiz performed Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with the Sam Houston State University Orchestra. He is the Director of Keyboard Studies at Sam Houston State University.