CarlaMaria Rodrigues

  Adjunct Professor -- Viola

  Music  -- B573 Schoenberg Music Building


CarlaMaria Rodrigues, a native of London, is currently Principal Viola of the San Francisco Opera, a post she has held since 1996. She has also held the position of Assistant Principal Viola of the Minnesota Orchestra and Principal Viola of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Serving as the Minnesota Orchestra’s Acting Principal in 1995, she was a featured soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote with Yo Yo Ma and David Zinman, recorded live on MPR.

Chamber music activities have taken CarlaMaria throughout the world with such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Hepzibah Menuhin, Rudolph Serkin and Pinchas Zukerman. She has toured extensively to Europe, South America, Israel and Australia as a member of the Zukerman and Friends’ Ensemble and has been an active participant at numerous Festivals including Marlboro, Santa Fe, Gstaad, IMS Prussia Cove, Aldeburgh, Savannah and Mecklenburg. In 2012, she traveled to Italy to work on a recording project of chamber music works by Koechlin and later that year collaborated with Menachem Pressler, Daniel Hope, Lorenza Borrani and the Emerson String Quartet at the Savannah Music Festival. She has also performed the Loeffler songs with Anne Sofie von Otter and was invited to play Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Graz, Austria. Her other chamber music partnerships have taken her to the Peasmarsh Festival in the UK to perform with Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester and in November 2014 she was invited to present a recital and Master Class at the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto, Portugal where she also performed with Lorenza Borrani and Simon Crawford-Phillips as a member of The Borrani Trio. In 2015 she again played Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Andras Schiff and later that summer performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Bristol Proms with Daniel Hope. Earlier this year she performed with the Danish String Quartet and also performed the Sinfonia Concertante with Lorenza Borrani and L’Arte Del Mondo at the Savannah Music Festival.

CarlaMaria has become a much sought after teacher and is a regular guest teacher of the Jerusalem Music Center, coaching chamber music and orchestral studies to aspiring young musicians from all over Israel, including the Young Israeli Philharmonic. She has been invited to coach an orchestral summer music program at the University of Indiana, and been invited to give a Masterclass at University of Michigan. CarlaMaria devoted much of her time to the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay, mentoring teachers, instructing children and organizing educational programs to promote western classical music.