A Chicago native, violinist/violist Lena Vidulich is an adventurous and multi-faceted performer based in New York City. Noted for her bold sound, she is able to move fluidly between the worlds of orchestral music, rock, jazz, improvisation, musical theater, and new music. Lena has a particular interest in alternate tuning systems, theatricality and physicality in performance, and multiphonic techniques. A committed advocate of new music, Lena has worked with composers including Zosha Di Castri, Nina C. Young, Reiko Füting, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. Lena is a member of earspace, a Raleigh-based ensemble creating multi-sensory performances; violist of Quartet121, a string quartet dedicated to the performance of new works; and is co-artistic director of Amalgama, a New York septet dedicated to the synthesis of improvisation and contemporary classical music.
Lena has been a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She has also participated in festivals such as Bang on a Can, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Orford Festival Academy, and the Northwestern Summer Violin Institute. As an orchestral musician, she is a substitute member of Symphony in C, was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed in many ensembles, including the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and the Orchestre des Universités de Paris. Lena also performs in musical theater, including Single Rider (Off-Broadway), the New York Music Festival run and demo recordings of Generation Me, and the concert debut of MCubed at the Craterian Theater (Medford, OR). She has worked with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Heinz Holliger, Alan Pierson, Jeffrey Milarsky, and Matthias Pintscher, and has performed in concerts across the U.S. and internationally in venues such as the Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg), National Sawdust (New York), and Orchestra Hall (Chicago). Lena has played in solo and chamber master classes for Grigory Kalinovsky, JACK Quartet, Fred Sherry, Paul Kantor, Cyrus Forough, Mauricio Fuks, William Van der Sloot, Blair Milton, Vadim Gluzman, and the Pacifica Quartet.
Lena holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance with a minor in French from Northwestern University, where she studied violin with Gerardo Ribeiro and chamber music with the Dover Quartet, Desirée Ruhstrat, and Mathias Tacke. She graduated summa cum laude from the Bienen School as a recipient of the Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Her education also included studies with Alexis Galpérine at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris and Université de Paris 8 – Vincennes-St Denis. Lena is the string instructor for Reaching for the Arts and is also an active practitioner of the Alexander Technique. Lena recently received her master’s degree in contemporary violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of the President’s Award in the studio of Curtis Macomber.