Sharon Mautner-Rodgers is a native of Los Angeles, California. She began her cello studies at age 6 with Gretchen Geber. Mautner-Rodgers won numerous competitions as a soloist and as a member of “Trio Con Brio”.
She received a full scholarship to the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, where she won the Herbert Zipper Award. While at Crossroads, she played in two masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music and got her B. of M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received the Ellis A. Feiman award for excellence.
As a student, Mautner-Rodgers attended the Aspen Music Festival, ENCORE school for strings, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Taos Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra in CO. In recent summers, she has played with the Oregon Coast music festival, The Bear Lake Music Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Lakes Area music Festival, and is in her 9th summer with the Missouri Symphony Society “Hot Summer Nights” festival.
Mautner-Rodgers has been a member of many professional orchestras, including the New World Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Naples (FL) Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. She has taught and coached chamber music at the Luzerne Music Center, Weathersfield Music Camp (VT), the Drake University Preparatory school, and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, as well as maintaining a private cello studio for over 20 years.
Currently, Mautner-Rodgers is an active freelance musician, frequently playing chamber music and orchestral performances. She is Principal Cellist with the Mankato Symphony, Associate Principal with the South Dakota Symphony, and a substitute cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra. She teaches adjunct cello at Gustavus Adolphus College, at Grace Christian School, and privately. Mautner-Rodgers will be teaching at “Cello- An American Experience” cello camp in St. Paul, MN this summer.