Carla Maria Rodrigues has been the Principal Viola of the San Francisco Opera since 1996. Her professional life began with a long tenure as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, where she was appointed Assistant Principal Viola. In 1994, while serving as the orchestra's Acting Principal, she was a featured soloist in Strauss's Don Quixote with Yo Yo Ma and David Zinman. Ms. Rodrigues was invited to join the Australian Chamber Orchestra as its Guest Principal Violist in 1999 and was later appointed that position where she stayed until 2005.
Chamber music activities have taken Ms. Rodrigues throughout the world with such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolph Serkin and Pinchas Zukerman. She has toured extensively with Pinchas Zukerman as a member of the Zukerman and Friends' Ensemble and has been an active participant at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Prussia Cove IMS, Santa Fe, Savannah and Sangat. She has toured nationally and internationally with 'Musicians from Marlboro' and was invited to perform in a series of chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall with Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell.
More recently, chamber music performances have included appearances with the Emerson Quartet, Daniel Hope, Lorenza Borrani, Menachem Pressler and Ann Sofie von Otter.
This summer she was invited to play Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
She is a regular guest teacher of the Jerusalem Music Center where she coaches chamber music, orchestral studies and gives master classes to aspiring young musicians from all over Israel. She also volunteers her time at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Bombay India, where she advises and teaches young children whenever her time permits. She has been a guest faculty member of the University of Sacramento and has also been invited to coach an orchestral summer program at the University of Indiana.
A native of London, Ms. Rodrigues entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of ten. She studied violin and viola with Robert Masters, Margaret and Peter Norris, Felix Andrievsky, David Takeno and Hans Keller.