Praised for her multifaceted interpretations of both classical and contemporary music, violist Rose Wollman is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, pedagogue, and orchestral musician. As the founding violist of the Larchmere String Quartet, she is currently a member of the Eykamp Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Evansville, dedicated to mentoring university and pre-college music students, promoting classical chamber music in the surrounding communities, and serving as principal violist of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
A champion of promoting and performing new music, Rose has commissioned, premiered and performed many pieces, working with groundbreaking composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, David Dzubay, Gabriela Ortiz, and Don Freund. Recent and upcoming projects include a Concerto for Viola, Winds, and Percussion, dedicated to her by composer Brian St. John; a trio for Oboe, Viola and Piano by composer Mike D’Ambrosio; and a CD recording of Emile Naoumoff’s Viola Sonata.
Equally adept in ensembles of all sizes, Rose has performed with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, the Portland Symphony in Portland, Maine, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, principal violist with the Cape Cod Symphony, and as assistant principal with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, to name a few. With the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a chamber group comprised of string quartet and guitar, Rose toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and released a CD titled From Spain to Tango.
The Larchmere String Quartet, Rose’s current ensemble, performs extensively around their home of Southern Indiana, but also tours in the US and abroad. The quartet has worked with composers such as Gabriela Ortiz, Mario Lavista, Atar Arad, and Zack Browning. In addition to tackling new works for quartet, the LSQ enjoys finding forgotten gems of the quartet literature. In 2014 the LSQ recorded a CD for Naxos of the String Quartet and Clarinet Quintet of romantic composer Stephan Krehl. This is the only commercially available recording of these works.
As a music educator, Rose has served as a viola and chamber music faculty member at the University of Evansville, DePauw University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Illinois. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for Atar Arad at Indiana University, Mai Motobuchi at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Masumi Rostad at the University of Illinois, and Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner at the Indiana University String Academy.
Rose holds a DM in viola performance with a minor in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois. Her primary teachers have been Atar Arad, Carol Rodland, Masumi Rostad and Rudolf Haken.