Welcome to the violin studio at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music!

Our violin students fill our hallways, classrooms, ensembles, stages, local community and beyond with fresh energy, whimsical curiosity and vibrant music. Each studio is filled with creative thinkers who bring a diverse range of interests to their musicianship. Partnerships, collaborations and project design involving music education, visual arts, drama, dance, music technology and engineering naturally blossom from the interdisciplinary spirit our violin students cherish. We design weekly studio classes and performance classes in Grusin Music Hall to embrace early, new and world styles of music, focusing on honing our students’ skills in fluid technique, chamber music, musicians’ wellness, imaginative improvisation and nuanced ensemble playing. We aim to uphold a spirited learning environment filled with inspiration, integrity, curiosity, warmth and fun!

Harumi RhodesHarumi Rhodes

Harumi Rhodes is the second violinist of the internationally renowned Takács Quartet, performing 80 concerts a year worldwide. Acclaimed by The New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Rhodes has gained recognition as a multifaceted musician with a distinctive musical voice. She is Associate Professor of Violin, Artist in Residence and Ralph E. and Barbara L. Christoffersen Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. Rhodes combines her performing career with a passionate commitment to guiding young instrumentalists, composers and chamber ensembles. Rhodes has a vision for commissioning and programming contemporary music: Her partnerships with composers of today have resulted in over 100 premieres. This season, Clarice Assad wrote a three-movement suite for violin and piano—“Constelación”—that she recorded with Rhodes for Yarlung Records. With composer Gabriela Lena Frank, Rhodes co-directed the inaugural 2021-2022 season of the Virtual Artist Partnership Program (VAPP). This collaboration between the Rhodes violin studio at the CU Boulder College of Music and Gabriela Lena Frank’s Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM) resulted in eight new solo works for violin. Jungyoon Wie composed a new violin duo—“Dan Poong”—for Rhodes and Edward Dusinberre. MORE

edward dusinberreEdward Dusinberre

As first violinist of the Takács Quartet, Edward Dusinberre has won a Grammy and awards from Gramophone Magazine, the Japanese Recording Academy, Chamber Music America and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Combining an international career with his longstanding appointment as artist-in-residence at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, Dusinberre performs as a member of the Takács Quartet in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Asia, and is an Associate Artist at London’s Wigmore Hall. Dusinberre’s first book‚ Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet—melds music history and memoir to illuminate the circumstances surrounding the composition of Beethoven’s quartets and the Takács Quartet’s experiences playing this music. For this work, Dusinberre won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2016 Creative Communication Award: “Few have told so well of the musician’s life, or offered such illuminating insights to players and listeners alike.” MORE

Alex GonzalezAlex Gonzalez

Described by the Viborg Folkeblad as a “true virtuoso ... that left the audience almost breathless,” violinist Alex Gonzalez enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, ensemble leader and educator. An active chamber musician, Gonzalez has enjoyed performances at Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the National Gallery of Art, Oxford University, Sitka Music Festival and both the Thy Chamber Music Festival and Autumn Tour. His performances have been aired on BBC Radio 3, WQXR and the SkyArts Television network. Recent solo appearances include performances at the Caramoor Center, the Newport Classical Music Festival and with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Gonzalez is a member of The Knights and has performed with the ensemble in a variety of roles including as soloist, chamber musician and within the ensemble on international tours and recordings. Gonzalez is also a member of the Sphinx Virtuosi where he currently plays as concertmaster and tours extensively with the group throughout the country and abroad. He can be heard on the ensemble’s debut album titled “Songs of Our Times,” released in 2023 on the Deutsche Grammophon label. MORE

Fritz GearhartFritz Gearhart

Violinist Fritz Gearhart has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He has appeared in major halls around the country including the Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie. Gearhart has enjoyed a rich career in chamber music performing, including membership in the Chester Quartet and the Oregon String Quartet which recorded CDs for Albany, Koch Entertainment and Centaur Records. Gearhart has taught at the university level for most of his career, including previous appointments at the University of Oregon, East Carolina University and Indiana University at South Bend. Further to his many performing and teaching activities, Gearhart has appeared as a guest conductor at several string festivals around the country, including the South Carolina All-State String Orchestra, Northern Virginia Honors Orchestra, Wyoming String Clinic and All-City Strings in Salem, Oregon. As well, Gearhart recently started a new nonprofit—the Redfish Music Festival—which presents a summer festival on the southern coast of Oregon and special events throughout the year. Gearhart earned a master’s degree and a prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Donald Weilerstein. Earlier studies at the Hartt School included work with Charles Treger and members of the Emerson Quartet. MORE