Carol Rice maintains a busy private studio in the heart of San Francisco. As part of San Francisco Symphony's Music and Mentors program, she is also a teaching artist in the San Francisco public schools. Carol was a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Department for more than 35 years, and was also the adjunct cello instructor at Holy Names College. 



A graduate of Yale School of Music, Carol studied with Aldo Parisot, Laszlo Varga, Gabor Rejto, and Irene Sharp, who provided her foundational pedagogical training. She also took lessons with Yo-Yo Ma, and was coached by many prominent cellists, including Janos Starker, Leslie Parnas, Nathaniel Rosen, Jeffrey Solow, Ronald Leonard, and Zara Nelsova.

Carol studied chamber music with Heiichiro Ohyama, as well as at the Piatigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles and the New York String Orchestra Seminar in New York. She performed in masterclasses for Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Michael Tree, and others.




Carol has been the Principal Cellist of Berkeley Symphony since 1982. 

“There were eloquent solos from violist Tiantian Lan and cellist Carol Rice in their respective moments in the spotlight.” — Joshua Kosman, reviewing for the San Francisco Chronicle

She is also a member of Symphony Silicon Valley, and plays with a variety of other groups around the Bay Area. She was formerly principal cellist of Monterey Symphony and Santa Cruz Symphony.




Carol is the vice president of Villa Sinfonia Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of string musicians of all ages and abilities. You can read more about Villa Sinfonia here. In 2000, the organization was profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.