Gina DiBello was appointed to to the first violin section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in
April 2013. Previously, she was Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra for four
seasons and prior to that, a member of the first violin section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
A Chicago native, DiBello developed an intense passion for music at a very young age, inspired
by her parents; her father Joseph is a veteran bass player with the CSO and her mother Bonita a
violinist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra. She began her violin studies at age four with Betty
Haag and made her solo debut at age fifteen, performing the Glazunov Concerto with the
Kishwaukee Symphony. The next year she also appeared as a soloist with the Midwest Young
Artists Youth Orchestra, a group she was a member of for eight years while growing up in the
Chicago area. Gina then went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard
School in New York. Her principal teachers include Desiree Ruhstrat, David Cerone, and Linda
An accomplished soloist and chamber musician, DiBello’s playing has been described as
“exquisite, bewitching, and ravishing” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She performed
Mozart’s violin concertos nos. 3 and 5 with the Minnesota Orchestra under the batons of
Stainslaw Skrowaczewski and Andrew Litton. Recent chamber music recordings include Asako
Hirabayashi’s “The Harpsichord in the New Millenium” (Albany Records) and Kalevi Aho’s
Clarinet Quintet featuring Osmo Vanska (BIS Records). An advocate of contemporary music,
DiBello is a founding member of the collective New Music Detroit.
DiBello has also performed with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Sun Valley, Idaho and the
All Star Orchestra in New York -- an ensemble comprised of principal players from orchestras
across the U.S., put together to film a series of educational programs for Public TV. Other recent
appearances include concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia
DiBello lives in Sheridan Park with her husband, percussionist Ian Ding. Both are Chicago
natives and are thrilled to be back in their hometown.
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