Born in Novi Sad in 1980, Fedor Ruškuc had his first encounter with music at the age of 6. After elementary music school where he played the violin, he changed the instrument, completing the secondary music education at the ”Isidor Bajić” music high school in the Double Bass Department with Prof.Goran Kerleta.
After the”Isidor Bajić” music school, he went on to study, first in Graz (Austria) with Prof. Wayne Darling and then in Cologne, Germany with Prof. Dieter Manderscheid, where he graduated with a Master Diploma in 2005.
The winner of numerous awards, both with varous ensembles and solo, he charished most the one he won as the best double bass player in the “Jimmy Woddy Award 2008” competition.
He has performed all over Europe , Russia and Bali , and can be heard on various releases with different bands. With the group “East Affair” he took part in the 2010 film production of the WDR television “Global Local”.
Among others, he has collaborated with Keith Copeland, Dennis Rowland, Christian Jacob, Antonia Bennett, Elliot Mason, Uwe Plath, to name a few. Fedor is a permament member of the Ferenc and Magnus Mehl Quartet, the Magnus Mehl Quintet, East Affairand the East West European Orchestra TWINS 2010.
Playing bass is and should be a lot of fun in any music style , but needs practice just like everything else . So don't get intimidated by the first blisters on your fingers .
A good base is needed for a solid house , so technique is important . Good technique makes life a lot easier and saves you from getting physical problems .
I try to make my students aware of the function of bass in music (rhythm and harmony to start with) , and the responsibilities (to fellow musicians) that come with it . My methods will vary depending on students likings and abilities . Remembering the feeling that I had after lessons with my great teachers makes me aim for the same goal , and that is to get the student excited about music , practicing , playing and getting constantly better .