Samuel Rhodes, a native New Yorker, is a well-rounded artist, having performed in the capacity of soloist with orchestra, recitalist, recording artist, composer, and teacher.
Mr. Rhodes is celebrating his 30th season as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Guest appearances have been made with various chamber ensembles: the Guarneri Quartet, Beaux Arts Trio, Galimir Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, and others.
He received his viola training with Sydney Beck and Walter Trampler and studied composition with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim at Princeton University. He has always been a champion of modern music, commissioning and premiering works of Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, and Albert Ginastera, among others. His own compositions have been performed by prominent chamber ensembles.
Mr. Rhodes has recorded an extensive catalog of string quartet literature and has won three Grammy Awards.
His is married to Hiroko Yajima, a well-known violinist, and they have two daughters.
His interests are literature and history. His childhood in New York nurtured a strong affection for baseball, especially the New York Yankees. On Summer mornings in Marlboro, Sam can be seen jogging on the roads.