Rose Hashimoto

violist / violinist / educator

Website of Seattle-based violist, violinist, and educator Rose Hashimoto.

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 lived and worked there for many years until her recent return to Seattle. 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. She was the recipient of the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance from Mannes. 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 participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Tokyo International Viola Competition, 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 was a member of the self-directed string orchestra Shattered Glass Ensemble and the Thalia String Quartet. Rose has played as a guest with the Boston-based chamber orchestra A Far Cry and played on their 2018 Grammy-nominated album Visions and Variations. She has also performed as a guest with Trio Cleonice, the Argus Quartet, and the Aeolus Quartet.


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.

With cellist James Waldo, Rose co-founded the organization Listen Closely, which is dedicated to building community through music. Listen Closely partners with community leaders and community spaces to present highly accessible, inclusive, and interactive concerts in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. The organization presented over 90 events in the neighborhood over the course of 6 years and commissioned several new works by local composers. Listen Closely has been the recipient of numerous grants from organizations including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Partnership for Parks, Citizens Committee for New York City, and Columbia Medical Center Neighborhood Fund.

Rose led the Kneisel Hall/Blue Hill: Together in Music residency in September 2018. This program brings alumni of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival into schools and community centers in Blue Hill, Maine for an intensive week of community-building.

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 Suzuki Institute of Seattle. She completed the two-year Suzuki Teacher Training program at the School for Strings in New York and has also received training in the Paul Rolland and Mark O’Connor schools of string pedagogy. She formerly served on the faculty of the Lucy Moses School at the Kaufman Music Center, the Preparatory Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, and the El Sistema-based programs Upbeat NYC and Harmony Program. 


Rose is indebted to her many brilliant teachers, who have deeply shaped her musical and personal growth over the years, particularly 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.