Harumi Rhodes

Assistant Professor, Violin; Coordinator, Strings Area, Setnor School of Music

Applied music and performance

215 Crouse College


Harumi Rhodes is an assistant professor of music and string area coordinator at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music. Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Harumi Rhodes is gaining broad recognition as a multifaceted musician with a distinctive and sincere musical voice. Her generosity of spirit on stage is contagious, making her one of the most sought-after violinists and chamber musicians of her generation.

As a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning ensemble Trio Cavatina, Ms. Rhodes has enjoyed appearances at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap (Washington, D.C), and San Francisco Performances, as well as its debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009. Continuing to build its reputation as one of today’s leading piano trios, Trio Cavatina has been touring internationally over the last few seasons, with recent notable performances in Pablo Casals Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Filharmonija Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Rhodes has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed on several Musicians From Marlboro tours as well as at the festivals of Seattle Chamber Music, Bard, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards, Mainly Mozart, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. After completing her residency with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, Ms. Rhodes was appointed the newest member of the Boston Chamber Music Society in 2009, where she performs regularly at Sanders Theater at Harvard University and Kresge Hall at MIT.

An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Rhodes is a frequent guest artist with Music from Copland House, and has recorded Milton Babbitt’s Sixth String Quartet on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Deeply committed to the process of commissioning and premiering new music, Ms. Rhodes has collaborated with many composers, including Richard Danielpour, Leon Kirchner, Benjamin Lees, Paul Moravec, William Bolcom, David Ludwig, and Lisa Bielawa.

Recent solo engagements have included performances of Bernstein’s Serenade, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and No. 5, Beethoven Romances, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra. Ms. Rhodes is also a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductor-less chamber orchestra made up of world-class chamber musicians and soloists.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, her principal teachers have been Shirley Givens, Earl Carlyss, Ronald Copes, and Donald Weilerstein.