Carol Rodland made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager and subsequently won first prizes at the Washington International Competition, the Artists International Auditions, and the Juilliard Concerto Competition, as well as the Universal Editions Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Praised by critics for possessing a tone that is “larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated” and for her “delicious” playing (FANFARE), she presently enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. Recent performances have taken her throughout the Americas and Europe, and her solo recordings on the Crystal and Neuma labels have been critically acclaimed. Ms. Rodland studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle at the Juilliard School and as a Fulbright Scholar with Kim Kashkashian at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. She has held professorships at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized in 2005 with the “Krasner Award for Excellence in Teaching”, at the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” Berlin, at Arizona State University, and as guest faculty at the Juilliard School. In 2008 she was appointed to a tenured professorship at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Ms. Rodland is the founder and artistic director of the benefit concert series “If Music Be the Food…” , whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry in Rochester through chamber music performances of the highest caliber. No money exchanges hands in this endeavor. All of the musicians donate their services and audience members bring food or cash donations for the local food bank as the price of admission. Now in its third season, this concert series has inspired other prominent musical institutions in the US to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.
Ms. Rodland plays on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1790. Her bow was made by Benoit Rolland in 2010. For further information, please visit www.carolrodland.com