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Cello Chat with Host Dr. Benjamin Whitcomb and guest Mark Rudoff

About the Episode 

Happy Friday, hopefully the summer weather is giving you ample time for practicing. This week we are featuring an interview from last Summer with Mark Rudoff, a cellist at Ohio State University. You can find more information about him at:

Meet the Guest

Cellist Mark Rudoff has demonstrated extraordinary versatility as a performer and teacher. Students in the cello studio at The Ohio State University share in an eclectic pedagogy, with influences ranging from legal discourse to sports, liberally spiced with passion and humor. Cello at Ohio State is about preparing the complete artist with musical, technical, intellectual and personal skills to bring their music to the world. Applauded by critics as "an exceptionally gifted cellist" and “a charismatic performer,” Rudoff has performed in solo recitals and with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and his solo and chamber performances have been recorded for broadcast on CBC. A respected chamber musician, he performs with the Janus String Quartet, Galileo Trio and Chiarina Piano Quartet. Equally accomplished in the orchestra sphere, Rudoff has served as principal cello of the Calgary Philharmonic and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, and in the sections of orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New York City Ballet, performing under such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Lukas Foss and Aaron Copland. Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty, Mark Rudoff was professor of cello, chamber music and orchestra at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. Away from Ohio State, he has been invited to teach and perform at festivals including Interlochen Summer School of the Arts, Music from Salem, The Florentia Consort, and Zephyr International Festival. He has delivered presentations on performance and pedagogy at the American String Teachers Association and College Music Society National Conferences, and students throughout Canada and the northern U.S. have enjoyed Rudoff’s work as an adjudicator and workshop clinician. He is currently music director of the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, and previously conducted the Winnipeg and Saskatoon Youth Orchestras. Active across the Ohio State campus, Professor Rudoff has served as a faculty mentor in STEP, taught the First-Year Seminar "Conversation will Save the World," and received a 2021 Ethics Circle Fellowship from the Ohio State Center for Ethics and Human Values. Rudoff is recipient of the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award in Arts and Humanities in The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, and finalist for the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award. Rudoff earned BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School, graduating with the Edward Steuermann Prize. He studied there with Harvey Shapiro, Lynn Harrell, Lorne Munroe and Joel Krosnick, and was appointed teaching assistant to the Juilliard Quartet. He later held a residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts, pursuing advanced studies with artists including Paul Tortelier, Anner Bylsma, Wieland Kuijken, Siegfried Palm, and Witold Lutoslawski. Rudoff also holds a JD from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was appointed to the editorial board of the Saskatchewan Law Review and graduated with distinction in 1990. He enjoys the odd distinction of having published an article about music in the Alberta Law Review, and one with a legal slant in American String Teacher.

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