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Juan Carlos Ruiz is an independent Venezuelan artist, economist, entrepreneur, and TEDx Speaker, with a Master of Science in Operation Research and a Master of Business Administration. Ruiz has resided in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2016, and has performed concerts in several cities across the U.S. and abroad.
Ruiz was a former member of the Rumbarroco Ensemble of Boston and an invited music instructor and performer with various institutions including ArCoNet (The Arts & Community Network) in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Ruiz has also performed for the Lorcas Music Society by Belmary Lorcas (Admissions and Recruitment Manager at Curtis Institute of Music), The Winiker Jazz Trio, Zaira Meneses, Berklee College of Music in Boston, ArtBeat 2019 (Somerville’s largest cultural festival), the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival (2017 and 2018), the Latin Music Festival at Berklee College of Music (2019), and Semana Coral Internacional De Alava in Spain (2000).
Ruiz began his musical studies in Venezuela at the age of eight, playing the Cuatro, or Venezuelan guitar, and as a violist, in which he was one of the founding musicians of his town’s El Sistema youth symphony orchestra division.
Ruiz is also a sought-after speaker. In 2018, he was invited to speak for a nonprofit organization at Boston University called Plan País, which provides educational experiences to young Venezuelans studying abroad. More recently, Ruiz was invited to speak at the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica and Universidad Latina de Costa Rica.
Ruiz is a music teacher in various Boston-area music programs, an active board member for two local non-for-profit organizations— The Venezuelan Association of Our Lady of Coromoto in Boston (AVVC) and Latino STEM Alliance— and a member of Impact Hub Boston, one of the world’s largest networks focused on building entrepreneurial communities.