Renée Jolles, violin; Carol Rodland, viola

Faculty Artist Series

September 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM Kilbourn Hall
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Renée Jolles, violinist, enjoys an eclectic career as soloist and chamber artist specializing in a wide variety of styles from the Baroque to the contemporary. Hailed as a “real star” by The New York Times for her New York Concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, she has premiered hundreds of works, including the American premiere of Schnittke’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Her concerto engagements have included orchestras such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey, The Cape May Festival Orchestra, and The Salisbury Symphony. Ms. Jolles is a member of the Jolles Duo (harp and violin), Continuum, Intimate Voices, The New York Chamber Ensemble, and is a concertmaster of the world-renowned, Grammy Award winning, conductorless Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Honored to be a featured soloist in three world premieres as part of the Orpheus “New Brandenburg” commissions, she can be heard as soloist on the WQXR website in live performances from Carnegie Hall performing the music of Paul Moravec, Melinda Wagner, and Peter Maxwell Davies. She has performed at festivals such as Marlboro, Cape May, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Rockport (Mass.), Norfolk, Taos, Riverrun, and The Chamber Music and Composers’ Forum of the East. Committed to recording new music, she can be heard as soloist and chamber artist on the Cambria, CRI, North/South Recordings, Albany, and New World record labels. She can also be heard on three recently released albums appearing this season which showcase the music of composers Oleg Felzer, Victoria Bond, and Ushio Torikai. Before accepting the position of Associate Professor of Violin at Eastman, Ms. Jolles was on the faculty of The Juilliard School, Pre-College Division, The Mannes School of Music, Preparatory Division, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, and The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. During the summer, she is on the faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Ms. Jolles received her BM and MM degrees from Juilliard, where, upon graduation, she was presented with the school’s highest award, the William Schuman Prize. While at Juilliard, she held teaching fellowships in Chamber Music as an assistant to the Juilliard Quartet, and in Ear-Training. Her teachers have included Lewis Kaplan, Felix Galimir, Jacob Lateiner, and members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, and American String Quartets.

Carol Rodland made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a teenager and has subsequently established a distinguished international career as a concert and recording artist and pedagogue. Fanfare Magazine describes her playing as “larger than life, sweetly in tune, infinitely variegated” and “delicious” and her recordings on the Crystal and Neuma Record Labels have been critically acclaimed. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded works of Kenji Bunch, Dan Coleman, David Liptak, Christopher Theofanidis, and Augusta Read Thomas.

A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rodland is Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music and is also an artist-faculty member at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program, and the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop. Previous positions have included professorships at New England Conservatory, where she was recognized 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 2009, Ms. Rodland founded “If Music Be the Food…”, a fully volunteer benefit concert series whose mission is to increase awareness and support for the hungry through the sharing of great music. “If Music Be the Food…” has inspired musicians across the country to implement initiatives based on this concept in their own communities.

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 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 plays on a viola made by Vincenzo Panormo in 1791 and a bow made by Benoit Rolland in2010. For further information please visit and


Bohuslav Martinů Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Robert Fuchs Duets for Violin and Viola, Op. 60
Roberto Sierra Duo Concertante
W.A. Mozart Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K. 364