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Denisse Rodriguez-Rivera

Title: Adjunct Instructor of Viola

Denisse Rodriguez, violist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, started her viola studies at the age of eleven at the Escuela Libre de Musica in San Juan Puerto Rico. She studied with Guillermo Figueroa, Francisco Figueroa and Jaime Medina while at that institution and at the Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico.

Denisse attended  the Yale University School of Music where she studied with Jesse Levine. Later on she moved to Cincinnati and studied with Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Among the music festivals she has participated in are the Eastern Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein, Solti Orchestra Project at Carnagie Hall and National Orchestra Institute.

Before she Joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1996, Denisse held permanent positions in the viola sections of the Puerto Rico Symphony, Orquesta  Sinfonica de Asturias, Orquesta de Galicia, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic (principal viola) and The Toledo Symphony (principal viola). As a solist, she performed Paisajes with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra and Romance as part of The Linton Series.

She keeps busy as a chamber musician playing at the Chamber Players series of the CSO, and with the CSO Tango Project Quartet. Denisse is also on the faculty of the Encore Advanced Chamber Orchestra Camp at CCM and teaches and coaches in the Cincinnati area.