Rodney Friend MBE (born in Bradford, 1939) is an English violinist.
Born in Bradford, Friend's father was a local tailor. At the age of 12 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music after Sir Reginald Thatcher, the then principal of the R.A.M, heard Friend perform for the first time. Friend also studied subsequently at the Royal Manchester College of Music.
In 1964 Friend became the youngest ever leader/concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975 he was invited by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein, Boulez and Mehta.
In 2008 the first two volumes of his books The Orchestral Violinist were published.
In 2019, he published a workbook, The Violin in 5ths - Developing Intonation and Sound, in which
he detailed a teaching method regarding intonation and sound that he has developed and perfected over decades of experience working with many virtuosos including Jascha Heifetz and David Oistrakh.
In popular culture
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