Rodney Friend MBE (born 1940) is an English violinist.
Born in Bradford, Friend's father was a local tailor. At the age of 12 he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music after Sir Reginald Thatcher, the then principal of the R.A.M, heard Friend perform for the first time. Friend also studied subsequently at the Royal Manchester College of Music.
In 1964 Friend became the youngest ever leader/concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, working closely with Bernard Haitink, Barenboim, Solti and Giulini. In 1975 he was invited by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to be their Concertmaster, playing concerts and recording worldwide with Bernstein, Boulez and Mehta.
In 2008 the first two volumes of his books The Orchestral Violinist were published.
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- Cambridge International String Academy 2014
- "Cambridge International String Academy 2013 - Faculty I". stringscambridge.com. 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- The London Gazette: . 31 December 2014.
- 2015 New Year Honours List