Rose Hashimoto was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She began her musical education as a pianist at the age of four, and started playing the viola when she was eight.
Rose moved to New York City to study, and it has gradually become her second home since then, although she will always have a soft spot for the Pacific Northwest. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music. Upon her graduation from Mannes, she was the recipient of the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance. As a winner of the Mannes concerto competition, Rose performed the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Mannes Orchestra.
Rose has played in many major venues in New York City and around the US, as well as in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland. She has taken part in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and the International Summer Music Academy in Leipzig.
Ever since she first got to know the chamber music repertoire in her early teens, Rose has been an avid chamber musician. Her fondest memories are of the many summers she has spent immersed in the world of chamber music, living in beautiful places, and hanging out and making music with inspiring people. She has performed at festivals including Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, Taos School of Music in Taos, New Mexico, Yellow Barn in Putney, Vermont, the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar in Stanford, California, Manchester Summer Chamber Music in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, and Birdfoot Chamber Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rose continues to be an active chamber musician. She is a member of the self-directed string orchestra Shattered Glass Ensemble and a former member of the Thalia String Quartet. Rose has played as a guest with the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry, and has performed regularly on chamber music series including Concerts on the Slope and Trio Cleonice & Friends.
Rose loves performing music in unusual settings, and she is always searching for ways to create concert experiences that are more accessible, informal, and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.
She is Co-Artistic Director of the chamber music collective Listen Closely, which is dedicated to bringing music to the people of Inwood. Listen Closely partners with community leaders and community spaces to present highly accessible, inclusive, and interactive concerts in the Inwood neighborhood. Listen Closely is a member of Fractured Atlas, and it has been the recipient of a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council as well as a Neighborhood Grant from Citizens Committee for New York City.
In July 2015, Rose organized a community-based tour of the Pacific Northwest with the Evergreen String Quartet. Over the course of two and a half weeks, the quartet performed 22 free concerts in places including libraries and hospitals, a garden, a homeless shelter, and an aquarium.
With the Thalia String Quartet, Rose was a member of the Quartet in the Community for the Banff International String Quartet Competition in August 2013. The quartet performed educational outreach concerts in over 20 different unconventional venues, including a swimming pool, a bar, a glacial lake, and a children’s hospital.
Also a dedicated teacher, Rose currently serves on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center. She has previously served on the faculty for the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College and two El Sistema programs, Harmony Program and Upbeat NYC. Rose received intensive Suzuki Teacher Training from the School for Strings.
Rose is indebted to her many brilliant teachers, who have deeply shaped her musical and personal growth over the years. There are too many to name, but some of her most important teachers have included Hsin-Yun Huang, Laurie Smukler, Toby Appel, her first viola teacher, Janai Fuller, and her childhood piano teacher, Pam Chang-Rice. She has also had the good fortune to perform in master classes with the great violists Kim Kashkashian, Thomas Riebl, Marcus Thompson, and Lars Anders Tomter.
When she isn’t playing music, Rose loves to read, travel, cook, and bake.
She plays on an American viola made in 2001 by Fairfax Abraham.