Ruben Balboa

Ruben Balboa excels as an educator, clinician, and performer. Currently serving as Assistant Professor at Southwestern University, he teaches viola and violin while directing the university orchestra.A strong advocate for music education, Balboa has presented at the American String Teachers Association National Conference and the Best Practices Teaching Sessions hosted by the National String Project Consortium. Most recently, he conducted a masterclass for the American Viola Society Festival & 47th International Viola Congress in Columbus, Georgia. Balboa enjoys a multifaceted performing career collaborating with diverse ensembles including Austin Camerata, Austin Opera, Invoke Quartet, Miró Quartet, among others. As a founding member of the Favola String Quartet, he achieved accolades including the Grand Prize and First Place awards at the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. One of Balboa’s biggest joys is presenting recitals of works for viola, voice, and piano with his wife, Samantha Balboa.