Ruben Balboa III, violist, is an active chamber musician, recitalist, and educator in the Austin area. In 2017, Balboa made his Bass Hall solo debut at the Festival of the Orchestras hosted by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and participated in the Montecito International Music Festival.
Balboa has recently performed with the Dallas Opera, Las Colinas Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Angelo Symphony and has performed and recorded with artists such as The Antiques, Andres Cardenas, Josh Groban, Lena Hall, Eugene Rousseau, Yizhak Schotten, Brooke Waggoner, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. While studying for his masters degree, he performed with the Bancroft String Quartet, an elite graduate ensemble at the University of North Texas, where they placed as a semi-finalist in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and Festival. Other past achievements include: Texas State Concerto Competition winner and performing as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an educator, Balboa is frequently hired as a guest clinician for string methods and orchestral techniques, is a member of both the American String Teachers Association and American Viola Society, founding teacher for the Texas State String Project and currently teaches private lessons and group classes with the University of Texas String Project.
Balboa is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas where he studies with Professor Roger Myers and has earned his Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas under the tutelage of Dr. Susan Dubois and Dr. George Papich, and his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University-San Marcos under Dr. Ames Asbell.