Denisse Rodriguez head shot

Denisse Rodriguez Rivera

Instrument: Viola

Education: Puerto Rico Conservatory, Yale University and Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Hometown: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Neighborhood: Anderson Township, Ohio

Joined the CSO in 1996

Favorite orchestral work: Mahler’s Symphony No. 9

Current playlist: String quartets, and I also listen to my daughter Manuela’s practice recordings. She is away in college, and plays violin.

Fun fact about Denisse: I come from a very big family in Puerto Rico – my mother is one of 16 children!

How can the Orchestra make the world a better place? I believe the orchestra makes the world better every single time we play a rehearsal or a concert. Just by making great works of music accessible to the city we fulfill our mission.