Before studying at King’s College, London where she took a first in musicology in 1983, and a PhD in Music Theory and Analysis in 1987, Ruth Tatlow was a prize-winning clarinetist with successes in several British competitions, including the Royal Overseas League and the National Clarinet Competition in 1979. As a musicologist and music theorist she has taught at the University of London and University of Stockholm becoming Docent in 2006, and as visiting professor at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY in 2010. She currently teaches musicology at Musikskolan Lilla Akademien, Stockholm.
Ruth Tatlow’s many articles and commercial liner notes reflect her interest in compositional procedures in the music of J. S. Bach. She has received numerous awards for her writing and research, winning fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, the Hinrichsen Foundation, the Swedish Vitterhetsakademien and Kungliga Musikaliska Akademien. Her first monograph Bach and the Riddle of the Number Alphabet (Cambridge, 1991, 2006) has become a classic in its field. Work on its sequel, Bachs Numbers? A Riddle Unravelled is nearing completion and should be published in 2012.
Between 1999 and 2003 she was research consultant to the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner during the Bach Pilgrimage. She has appeared on numerous radio programmes, including the BBC’s ‘In Our Time’ hosted by Lord Melvyn Bragg. In 2003 she co-founded Bach Network UK and is currently Chair of the Advisory Council, editor of its web journal Understanding Bach, and serves on the editorial board of the American Bach Society.