Samuel Rudy

Section Violin

Sam Rudy, violin, earned his master’s degree in Music Theory from the University of Minnesota in 2011 Since then he has been active as a teacher and performer of orchestral, solo, and chamber music across the Midwest. He holds posts with Orchestra Iowa, wcfsymphony, Quad City Symphony, and the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra. A firm believer in the importance of educational outreach, he has performed several programs for elementary and middle school students in Minneapolis, Oskaloosa, and in the Quad Cities, and as a founding member of Lux String Quartet, he performs educational programs for Twin Cities schools. The quartet has also collaborated with professional and student composers to perform new works at the Cedar Cultural Center, University of Minnesota, and the New Horizons Music Festival. Rudy has attended several summer festivals, including the National Orchestral Institute and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and is a co-founder of the Oskaloosa Chamber Music Festival in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Rudy plays on a 2007 Maurizio Tadioli violin, of which he is the proud first owner.

Minneapolis, MN

Year Joined


Education & Teachers:

MA, University of Minnesota, Music Theory, 2011
BM, Violin Performance, 2008

Mark Bjork

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

Mahler 6

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

Sitting next to Harry Connick Jr. at the reopening of the Paramount in 2012

How did you start playing your instrument?

I’m not entirely sure why I wanted to play the violin, but I remember being impressed by a street violinist performing a transcription of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue. I started Suzuki training shortly afterwards.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Bach. Brahms. Elliott Carter. And many others at different times.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

Theoretical Physicist