Richard Rood is one of the most active and visible violinists in the musical life of New York. He was appointed membership with Orpheus after a history of regularly performing, touring, and recording with the group for 15 years.
Currently he continues to hold important positions as a principal player with Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and American Symphony, as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera. He is also a member of the New York City Opera and American Ballet Theater orchestras.
The New York Times praised him as “an especially fine young violinist”, and the Newark Star-Ledger similarly raved that “he is worth his weight in gold”. His recordings of concerti of Bach and Vivaldi have been critically acclaimed, as well as chamber recordings of Copland and Dvorak.
Highlights of his career include his first solo TV appearance at the age of 12, solo Bach appearances in Geneva, Switzerland as a Swiss violin competition 1st prize winner at the age of 18, and performances as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante at the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival.
Mr. Rood has held 1st violin positions with Steve Reich and musicians, and the Music Today ensembles, performing over 100 premiers. He has also held positions in An Die Musik and the Omega ensembles performing residencies and tours throughout the United States. In addition he is a former principal player with Solisti New York, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and the New York Chamber Symphony (20 years). Having performed in over 20 countries he has been frequently sought after as a guest artist with Speculum Musicae, Eos, Da Capo, Harmonie, North Country, Houston Da Camera, and the American chamber ensembles. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. His principal teachers have included Margaret Randall, Charles Castleman, and Raphael Bronstein.
Mr. Rood resides in the village of Pelham Manor, NY, with his wife Denise and two children, Michael (14) and Nicole (11).