Cellist Mark Rudoff has demonstrated extraordinary versatility as a performer and teacher. Students in the Ohio State cello studio 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 Galileo Trio, Jarvis Quintet, Chiarina Piano Quartet, and Marble Cliff Chamber Players, and has performed as a guest with groups including the Music Project, Allegri Quartet, Mount Royal Woodwind Quintet, and Thomas and Isobel Rolston and Friends. 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. Rudoff has appeared as guest artist with the Canadian Chamber Choir and at the Winnipeg Symphony's Centara New Music Festival, New Music North, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Prior to joining the Ohio State faculty, Mark Rudoff was professor of cello, chamber music and orchestra at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada. He teaches at and serves as Dean of The Castleman Quartet Program in residence at SUNY Fredonia; was artist-in-residence and chamber music instructor at the Mountain View Festival of Song in Sundre, Alberta; and from 2002-05 directed the Winnipeg Youth Symphony. 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.
Rudoff earned bachelor and master of music 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 Bachelor of Laws degree 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. Among activities in community, Rudoff has coached youth baseball and bowling, worked as a patient peer counselor for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, and served on the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers.
Rudoff's major teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick, Lorne Munroe.
“Teaching Critical Thinking in the Private Strings Studio,” invited presentation at 2011 American String Teachers Association National Conference.
“Studio Teachers Should Teach Students to Think: A Call to Action,” Lightning Talk at 2011 College Music Society National Conference.
“Theme and Variations,” series of recitals with Sandra Joy Friesen given at Kutztown University, Providence College and Binghamton University, October 2010.
Mark Rudoff Teaching Materials