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For further information, please email Rodney Friend


Join us for a two-day repertoire & technique masterclass for advanced to professional violinists with Rodney Friend-International concertmaster & globally renowned pedagogue.

  • A non-residential two-day technique and repertoire violin masterclass (20th & 21st April 2024)

  • Rodney Friend will be joined by world-renowned pianist, Rohan De Silva

  • The course will run from 10-5 pm both Sat & Sun

  • Course pianist on site for repertoire classes

  • Limited performance spaces available

  • Performing & audience participants welcome

  • Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9

  • 20 mins by train from London Marylebone

  • Hotels within walking distance for those who wish to stay nearby.


Internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinguished British violinists of his generation, Rodney Friend has appeared worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, director and pedagogue.

During the last sixty years, he has performed internationally as a soloist with major orchestras under conductors including Haitink, Barbirolli, Mehta, Leinsdorf, Solti, Giulini, Davis and Boult, as well as collaborating with composers Stravinsky, Britten, Walton, Bliss, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Boulez, Hindemith, Tippett, Lutoslawski, Henze, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, Berio and Penderecki.

Rodney Friend made his London debut playing Sibelius concerto with the Halle Orchestra and his New York debut playing Britten concerto with the New York Philharmonic. Amongst his many recordings, his performances with the London Philharmonic of the Britten and Bach concertos for EMI received the highest critical acclaim.

In 1991 he formed the Solomon Trio with whom he toured Europe extensively, playing at such venues as La Scala Milan and recording much of the great trio literature for Carlton Records.  It is however as a Concertmaster where his experience and reputation is legendary.  In 1964 he became the youngest ever leader of the London Philharmonic, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini.  In 1975 he received the unique honour for a British player when he was invited by the New York Philharmonic to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein and Boulez.  It is with these two orchestras that he recorded almost the entire orchestral repertoire.
On his return to London he became concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Roszdestvensky and a professor and consultant of violin at the Royal College of Music, where he formed and directed The RCM String Ensemble.  Later, he joined the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music as a professor of violin.  Since 1990 he has worked solely in the areas of teaching, solo and chamber music. During this time, he has travelled extensively to give masterclasses and appear as a jury member for international violin competitions. From 2012-2017, Rodney Friend was Artistic Director of the highly successful Cambridge International String Academy. His students continue to achieve success in all areas of violin playing.

In 2006 the first two volumes of his books, ‘The Orchestral Violinist’ were published by Boosey and Hawkes and received universal acclaim as being the most important works so far produced for this discipline.  2020 saw the successful launch of his book, ‘The Violin in 5ths’ by Beares Publishing.

The recipient of many awards, Rodney Friend has also received an MBE from her Majesty the Queen for services to music.


Pianist Rohan De Silva was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Anne Akiko Meyers, Kurt Nikkanen, Gil Shaham, Kyoko Takazawa, Vadim Repin, and Midori. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Academy of Music, Ambassador Theater, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and Milan’s La Scala. He has also appeared at the festivals of Aspen, Interlochen, Manchester, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, Pacific, and Wellington.

Among De Silva’s awards are the best accompanist special prize at the ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He performed at the White House in 2007 for President George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth, and in 2012 with Perlman for President Barak Obama and Shimon Peres. He has also appeared on television on The Tonight Show with Midori; and on radio stations WQXR, WNYC, and WNCN, as well as the Berlin Radio, Japan’s NHK, and CNN’s Showbiz Today, Millenium Grammy’s 2000. De Silva has recorded on the DGG, CBS/Sony Classical, Collins Classics, and BMG labels.

De Silva holds BM and MM degrees from Juilliard where he studied piano with Martin Canin and chamber music with Felix Galimir. He earned an associate degree from the Royal Academy of London in 1992 and was the recipient of the first President’s Fund scholarship from his home country to study at Juilliard. He also studied piano with Hamish Milne while attending the Royal Academy of Music from 1975 to 81. De Silva has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1991.


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The Violin in 5ths, Developing intonation and sound by Prof Rodney Friend

Brief overview

The Violin in 5ths by Professor Rodney Friend is a 48-page workbook consisting of warm-up exercises followed by practice patterns that help violin players cultivate left-hand facility, develop intonation and achieve a better sound. Aimed at intermediate to advanced players, the book also helps master difficult passages frequently encountered in classical violin literature. The best violinists in history have naturally practised the violin in 5ths, as the instrument itself is tuned in 5ths. However, up until now, this practice had not been formalised as a stand-alone technique that players could integrate into their daily warm-up routines.

British violinist, esteemed concertmaster and reputed Royal Academy of Music professor, Rodney Friend had as a young man the privilege to collaborate with many of the virtuosos. During these encounters, he observed the simplicity of their practice patterns and the similarity to share an effortless posture and natural hand freedom. These observations became the cornerstones of his reputed teaching method that he developed and perfected over the past decades.

Masterclass Application Form

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Complete Masterclass Weekend
Performing Participant

(50% Deposit - £242.50 - Non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organisers)

Audience Participant Ticket (Sat)
£65.00 Per Day
(Non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the organisers)

Audience Participant Ticket (Sun)
£65.00 Per Day (Non-refundable
unless event is cancelled by the organisers)

Course BACS details will be sent once the course application form has been received.

Once accepted on the masterclass weekend, a non-refundable 50% course deposit is due immediately (For Performer Participants).

* Audience participants-Full payment due on application.


Your 50% non-refundable deposit  (payable on acceptance to the course) forms the first portion of your fees, with the remainder of the course balance payable by Sunday 31st March 2024.

Payment terms & conditions

N.B If payment (50% course deposit) is not received on application OR the remainder of the course fee is not received by the due date specified above, we reserve the right to cancel your booking.

* The course organisers reserve the right to alter the contents of the course if necessary.

** You are advised to insure against cancellation due to illness as fees are non-refundable. Fees are non-refundable upon cancellation by the applicant. As no refunds can be made, you are advised to insure against cancellation to cover unforeseen circumstances (i.e illness, travel cancellations, adverse weather conditions, loss of documents or an invalid passport affecting course attendance etc)

*** We are not liable for any loss, damage or theft and recommend that you insure musical instruments and valuable items.

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