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Theresa Rudolph

Acting Associate Principal Viola

Theresa Rudolph joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal Viola in 2011.

She is also a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 2018. Theresa began her orchestral career as the youngest member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, shortly after graduating university at the age of 21. She has also held positions with the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestras, and performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra.

A passionate chamber musician and recitalist, Theresa has performed at festivals across North America, including the Vancouver, Great Lakes, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, Ottawa Chamberfest, and New Music Detroit. Frequently heard on series throughout Ontario, she appears regularly as a member of the TSO Chamber Soloists, and has been featured on CBC/Radio-Canada and The New Classical 96.3 FM.

Increasingly sought-after as a teacher, Theresa maintains a robust studio at the University of Toronto, and was recently appointed as the Viola Faculty of the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been a guest clinician at the Universities of Alberta, Western Ontario, and Ottawa, and was a faculty member of the inaugural online viola workshop, BratsheTogether. Theresa is also the Viola Coach of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Theresa was raised in a musical household in Vancouver, BC. She studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music as a student of Gerald Stanick, who inspired her to pursue her passion for the rich, dark sound of the viola. The recipient of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she then obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Robert Vernon. While at CIM, she toured and recorded with the Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, was a prizewinner at the prestigious Fischoff Competition, and performed in Carnegie Hall.

Theresa and her husband, violinist Csaba Koczo, are the proud parents of three energetic young children. Theresa is also an avid runner, whose favourite race distance is the half-marathon.