Ruth Jean Gurwitz

When one speaks of music in San Antonio, the names of Ruth Jean and Arthur Gurwitz immediately enter the conversation. These two individuals and their families have studied, worked for, performed in, and supported the arts in San Antonio for more than seven decades. We honor our dear friend, native San Antonian, former President, and force of will who caused SAIPC to survive and thrive, Ruth Jean Gurwitz.

For SAIPC, Ruth Jean is both a legend and the recipient of our most sincere gratitude, having served as SAIPC’s President and President Emeritus for more than 20 years. She was also a member of and artistic resource for the Tuesday Musical Club, and founder and President of the San Antonio Chamber Music Society. Ruth Jean was our leader, our mentor, our friend.

A walking encyclopedia of San Antonio music history, Ruth Jean’s insight helped SAIPC navigate ways around difficult situations. She led with determination, brought laughter to tense times, and became the essence of SAIPC. So much of what we see and hear during our Competition was initiated by Ruth Jean. We have been blessed by all the gifts she gave to SAIPC, San Antonio, and Texas. Ruth Jean will forever be a part of SAIPC and our Competition, and it was with great pleasure that the 12th Annual signature Competition in 2016 was dedicated to her memory.

In 2016 the Competition’s leadership and the leadership of Musical Bridges Around the World decided to join forces and in 2017 the merger was completed. Going forward the San Antonio International Piano Competition will be a program of Musical Bridges Around the World. During the process of negotiating it was decided to rename the competition after its longtime Director and supporter, Ruth Jean Gurwitz. The competition will now be known as The Ruth Jean Gurwitz International Piano Competition or The Gurwitz.