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  • Royal Academy of Music Professor of Violin

  • Friend's International Violin Academy
    Founder /  Artistic Director

  • Cambridge International String Academy
    Founder /  Artistic Director

  • Royal College of Music
    Former Senior lecturer and Consultant of violin

  • Masterclasses worldwide including:
    North & South America, Far East & Europe

  • The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis

  • Sendai International Music Competition

  • Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM)

  • Seoul International Violin Competition

  • International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition

  • Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris Premiere Prix Panel Member

  • Benjamin Britten Violin Competition (Jury Chairman)

  • Carl Flesch International Violin Competition (Chairman)

  • International Violin Competition Premio Paganini

  • Tokyo International Violin Competition

  • The International Violin Competition “Rodolfo Lipizer Prize”

  • M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition

Rodney Friend joined the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music as a professor of violin in 2015. 

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 the international violin competitions.

From 2012-2017, Rodney Friend was Artistic Director of the highly successful Cambridge International String Academy.


In 2020, he founded the Friend's International Violin 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.

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