CarlaMaria Rodrigues has been Principal Viola of the San Francisco Opera since 1996. She won her first audition at the age of 23 with the Minnesota Orchestra where she was later appointed Assistant Principal Viola. While 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. Since moving to San Francisco, she has been Guest Principal Viola of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Principal Viola of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
CarlaMaria continues to have a very active chamber music career. She has performed throughout the world with such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Hephzibah Menuhin, Rudolph Serkin, Pinchas Zukerman, Steven Isserlis and Daniel Hope. She has toured 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, Mecklenburg and Schleswig-Holstein. 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. In 2013, CarlaMaria performed the Loeffler songs with Anne Sofie von Otter and later that summer was invited to play Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Graz, Austria. More recent engagements have included chamber music collaborations with the Danish String Quartet at the 2016 Savannah Music Festival, performances with Anthony Marwood and Richard Lester at the Peasmarsh Festival in the UK, and receiving an invitation to give a chamber music recital - as a member of the Borrani Trio - and a viola master class at the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto, Portugal.
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 the Young Israeli Philharmonic. She has also been a guest teacher at an orchestral summer music program at the University of Indiana. For many years, she has devoted her time to the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay, mentoring teachers, instructing children and organizing educational programs to promote western classical music. CarlaMaria will continue her strong commitment to education as she takes up her new role as Adjunct Professor of Viola at UCLA beginning in the Fall of 2016.
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, Nadia Boulanger and Donald McInnes.