2020 saw the successful launch of his book, ‘The Violin in 5ths’ by Beares Publishing.
Leader/Concertmaster for thirty years:
London Philharmonic Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
London Guest Leader & Director, English Chamber Orchestra
The Principal & Principal Guest Conductors during his tenure with these orchestras were:
London Philharmonic Orchestra:
Haitink | Giulini | Solti | Barenboim | Boult | Krips | Jochum | Dohnányi | Kubelik | Rostropovich | Shostakovich | Stokowski | Szell
New York Philharmonic Orchestra:
Bernstein | Boulez | Mehta | Levine | Leinsdorfl Ormandy | Abbado
BBC Symphony Orchestra:
Rozhedestvensky | Pritchard | Davis | Boulez | Slatkin | Ozawa | Maazel | Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra:
Monteux | Szell | Dorati | Shuricht | Kertesz
Composer-Conductors worked with: Stravinsky | Britten | Walton | Bliss | Barber |
Copland | Bernstein | Boulez | Hindemith |
Tippett | Lutoslawski | Henze | Birtwistle |
Maxwell Davies | Berio | Schuller
With these orchestras, has recorded several times all the major concertos with the leading soloists:
Horowitz | Rubinstein | Arrau | Barenboim | Oistrakh | Stern | Milstein | Perlman | Zuckerman | Rostropovich
Recorded and performed more or less the entire repertoire with these orchestras and musicians worldwide
Worked from and performed the entire Mahler literature from the composer's personal markings and bowings, as he had performed it with the New York Philharmonic during his tenure as their musical director
ln London, recorded all of Elgar's music with Sir Adrian Boult, who gave most of the first performances of Elgar's works
As leader of the LSO played the Brahms symphonies with Carl Shuricht, who had studied and worked closely with the composer
With Josef Krips (Vienna Philharmonic) studied and played regularly all of the tone poems of Strauss
In 1952 after receiving an open scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederik Grinke. Sir John Barbirolli accompanied him personally to this audition.
Appointment as concertmaster of The New York Philharmonic in 1976 by Boulez and Mehta. This was the first time an English violinist had been offered such a prestigious position with one of the top five American Orchestras.
The Launch of the first two volumes “The Orchestral Violinist” published by Boosey and Hawkes in 2006. These works are unanimously acclaimed as being the most comprehensive and constructive works so far produced for this discipline. This unique concept will now be applied to the other orchestral instruments
First concert as LPO Leader in 1964. 23 year old Rodney Friend had been co- leader of the LSO for two years prior to this appointment, resigning his position in 1963 in order to concentrate on his many solo concerts, including his Festival Hall debut with the Halle Orchestra.
In 1981 Rodney Friend returned to England as Leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra also accepting the roll of Professor/Consultant at the London Royal College of Music