CarlaMaria Rodrigues has been Principal Viola of the San Francisco Opera since 1996. Her professional life began as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra where she was appointed Assistant Principal Viola. While serving as the orchestra’s Acting Principal in 1995, she was a featured soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote with Yo Yo Ma and David Zinman. Since her arrival in San Francisco, she has also held the position of Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Chamber music activities have taken CarlaMaria throughout the world with such artists as Sir Yehudi 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. Earlier this year CarlaMaria performed chamber music with Anne Sofie von Otter at the Savannah Music Festival and this summer was invited to play Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Graz, Austria.
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 has also been a regular guest professor at the University of Sacramento. She devotes 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. She will return to Bombay later this year to appear at the Sangat Chamber Music Festival.
A native of London, CarlaMaria entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of ten. She studied both violin and viola and her various teachers included Robert Masters, Peter and Margaret Norris, Hans Keller, David Takeno and Nadia Boulanger. From an early age she appeared as both soloist and chamber musician in London’s major concert halls and has been heard on the BBC Radio and Television Network.