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Carol Rodland

  • Viola

Carol Rodland joined the New England Conservatory viola faculty in 2002 and remained at NEC through 2008. Her former students, from NEC and elsewhere, hold prominent positions worldwide as performers in orchestras and chamber ensembles and as teachers. 

Passionately devoted to the music of our time, Rodland was co-artistic director of the contemporary music festival Sound Encounters, held at NEC's Summer School in 2006 and 2007. Composers whose works Rodland has commissioned and premiered include Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, Christopher Theofanidis, Augusta Read Thomas, and Matthias Truniger.

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. She has also been the recipient of Fulbright and Beebe Fund grants and Juilliard's Lillian Fuchs Prize. She served on the Executive Board of the American Viola Society beginning in 2003, and served on the juries of the 2005 and 2008 Primrose International Viola Competitions.

She holds bachelor and master of music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied on full scholarship with Karen Tuttle, and was awarded an Aufbaustudium Diplom with distinction from the Musikhochschule Freiburg, where she studied with Kim Kaskhkashian. She had the unique privilege of serving as teaching assistant to both of her mentors.

Praised by Fanfare magazine for possessing a tone which is "larger than life, sweetly in tune, and infinitely variegated" and for her "delicious" playing, Carol Rodland enjoys an international career as a concert and recording artist.

Performance highlights have included recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, New York's Merkin Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, at the Curitiba Festival in Brazil, and throughout Germany, concerto appearances with conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and with conductor Russell Guyver at the Western Honors Orchestra Festival in Greeley, Colorado, as well as chamber music concerts with the Andover and Winsor Chamber Music Players, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and as guest violist with the Henschel, Borromeo, Cassatt, and Colorado String Quartets. She is also a frequent guest with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of Vermont's Craftsbury Chamber Players since 1995. She currently performs in duos with her sister, organist Dr. Catherine Rodland, and with pianists Tatevik Mokatsian and Marcantonio Barone. Her debut recording of American viola works with Professor Mokatsian on the Crystal Records label was released in 2007 to critical acclaim.

At Commencement 2005, Carol Rodland received NEC's Louis and Adrienne Krasner Teaching Excellence Award.

Pre-College Diploma, B.M., M.M., The Juilliard School, Aufbaustudium Diploma “with excellence” from the Musikhochschule Freiburg. Studies with Karen Tuttle, Kim Kashkashian, and Paul Doktor. Former faculty of the Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin and Arizona State University.