The Carnival Corporation & PLC. Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award: Ruth French

This award recognizes an artist who has demonstrated lifetime achievement in the arts in Greater Louisville—Ruth French. A Louisville native, French’s musical studies began at the age of five. At the age of 17, she auditioned for and was accepted by the Louisville Orchestra. Meanwhile, French studied with Ivan Galamian in New York at the Meadowmount School where she began the first of six years commuting to study violin with Henry Meyer at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Her teaching career began when she joined the faculty of the newly founded Louisville Academy of Music, started by her husband Robert French, who would also later found the AITA award-winning Louisville Youth Orchestra. After her husband’s death in 2011, she was elected the next president of the Louisville Academy of Music which she operated for the next eight years. Awards presented to Ruth include the “Tower Award for Women Leaders” and election to the Hall of Fame by her alma mater, Presentation Academy. In 2018, she won the “Spirit of Crescent Hill” award. On June 1, 2018, French retired at the age of 87.