Praised for her multifaceted interpretations of classical and contemporary music, violist Rose Wollman is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and orchestral musician. She has performed in venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall, the KKL, the Krannert Center, and Constitution Hall.
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, Mario Lavista, and Don Freund. Recent projects include a CD with pianist Clare Longendyke titled Homage to Nadia Boulanger, performances of a Concerto for Viola, Winds, and Percussion dedicated to her by Brian St. John; a Kennedy Center performance of “SeeNoHearNoSpeakNo” by Don Freund that Rose commissioned for Viola, Bass, Percussion and three dancers; and a performance of Emile Naoumoff's viola sonata at the American Viola Society Festival in Los Angeles, CA.
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, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. She has served as principal violist of the Evansville Philharmonic and Cape Cod Symphony. Rose was the founding violist of both the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a chamber group comprised of string quartet and guitar, and the Larchmere String quartet. PJE toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and released a CD titled From Spain to Tango. The Larchmere String Quartet toured the United States, Canada, and Europe, and recorded a CD titled Stephan Krehl Clarinet Quintet and String Quartet which was released in 2016 on the NAXOS label. Rose has collaborated with many diverse artists such as Atar Arad, Michael Kannen, Jeffrey Dunham, James Buswell, Rachel Barton Pine, choreographer Elizabeth Shea, tango pianist and composer Julián Peralta, tango bassist Pablo Aslan, and Latin jazz percussionist Michael Spiro and trombone player Wayne Wallace.
Rose currently teaches viola, chamber music, ear training, and music theory at the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College, and she teaches viola and conducts the Youth Honors Concert Orchestra at the Goshen College Community School of the Arts. Additionally, she has taught viola and chamber music at the University of Evansville, DePauw University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Illinois. She worked as a teaching assistant for Atar Arad at Indiana University, Mai Motobuchi at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, and Masumi Rostad at the University of Illinois. Rose holds a D.M. in viola performance with a minor in music theory from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She also holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Illinois. Her primary teachers are Atar Arad, Carol Rodland, Masumi Rostad, Rudolf Haken, and Julia Adams