Ellen Ruth Rose (viola) enjoys a varied career as a soloist, ensemble musician and teacher with a strong interest in the music of our times. She is a member of Eco Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, and Earplay. She has worked extensively throughout Europe with Frankfurt's Ensemble Modern and the Cologne experimental ensembles Musik Fabrik and Thürmchen Ensemble and has performed as soloist with the West German Radio Chorus, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, Thürmchen Ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Santa Cruz New Music Works, at the San Francisco Other Minds and Ojai Music festivals, and at Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles. She has appeared on numerous recordings, including a CD of the chamber music of German composer Caspar Johannes Walter — featuring several pieces written for her — which won the German Recording Critics new music prize in 1998.

Over the past several years she has collaborated with and premiered works by numerous Northern California composers, including Kurt Rohde, Edmund Campion, Aaron Einbond, Mark Winges, John MacCallum, Mauricio Rodriguez, Cindy Cox, Mei-Fang Lin, Robert Coburn, and Linda Bouchard. In 2003 she created, organized and directed Violafest!, a four-concert festival at UC Davis celebrating the viola in solos and chamber music new and old, including premieres of pieces by Yu-Hui Chang and Laurie San Martin.

Rose holds an M.Mus. in viola performance from the Juilliard School, an artist diploma from the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold, Germany, and a B.A. with honors in English and American history and literature from Harvard University. Her viola teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Nobuko Imai, Marcus Thompson, and Karen Tuttle. She is on the instrumental faculty at UC Davis and UC Berkeley and has taught at the University of the Pacific, the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop, and the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop.