Christine Ruiter was born in Millicent, South Australia, and displayed early evidence of her musicality whilst singing nursery rhymes for the reel-to-reel tapes her family sent to her Opa (grandfather) in Holland. She began learning the violin at the age of ten, adding to a variety of instruments including the piano, Baroque violin, flute, and bassoon, and studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Beryl Kimber, and the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague under Lev Markiz.
Christine joined Orchestra Victoria in 1985 and is one of its longest serving musicians: she loves Brahms, and Puccini operas, and always looks forward to playing Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella. She has performed with numerous other orchestras and ensembles including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Ensemble, South Australia Opera Orchestra, and Australian Baroque Ensemble, and has also recorded live for the ABC with Ensemble Gombert and the Australian Chamber Choir, and for 3MBS with St John's Bach Orchestra.
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Christine has participated in three Australia Day Yarra swims from Burnley Bridge to Princes Bridge, and has just finished knitting her 582nd pair of adult-size socks.