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CarlaMaria Rodrigues


CarlaMaria Rodrigues has established herself as a versatile musician and educator. Currently Principal Viola of the San Francisco Opera, she was born in London to Irish/Portuguese parents. Her early studies began on the violin with her mother before entering the Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied both violin and viola with Robert Masters, Hans Keller and Sir Yehudi Menuhin. CarlaMaria continued her studies at the University of Michigan and upon graduating began her professional career as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra. During her tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, she was a featured soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote with Yo-Yo Ma and David Zinman and maintained an active career as a chamber musician performing throughout the world with such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolf Serkin, Daniel Hope and Steven Isserlis. Touring extensively in Europe, South America, Israel and Australia as a member of the ‘Zukerman and Friends’ Ensemble, she has also participated in numerous festivals including Marlboro, Santa Fe, Gstaad, IMS Prussia Cove, Dolomiti, Brixen Classics and Mecklenburg. A passionate educator, CarlaMaria has been a regular guest teacher at the Jerusalem Music Center, the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay and from 2016 to 2018 was Adjunct Professor of Viola at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She continues her collaboration with Klanglabor@EUphony an educational project based in Europe to work with and mentor young artists as they embark on professional careers. Future engagements include Guest faculty at the Tanglewood Music Center and the NYO-USA.