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 multi-faceted 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 ensembles.
Originally from New Jersey, Rhodes was born into a family with Japanese, American, Russian and Romanian roots. After studying at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, she co-founded the Naumburg Award-winning ensemble Trio Cavatina, served as artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and performed extensively with Music from Copland House, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Musicians from Marlboro.
Rhodes has a vision for commissioning and programming contemporary music: her partnerships with composers of today have resulted in more than 100 premieres. As a member of the Takács Quartet, Rhodes has shaped the Graduate String Quartet Residency at CU Boulder. At the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, Rhodes leads an intensive summer string quartet seminar with the Takács Quartet.
When not traveling, Rhodes serves as artistic director of the Denver/Boulder branch of “If Music Be The Food…,” a concert series designed to build partnerships through music to raise awareness for food insecurity in local communities.