A Chicago native, violinist/violist Lena Vidulich is a bold and multi-faceted performer based in New York City. She is a committed supporter of new music, and has worked with composers including Zosha Di Castri, Nina C. Young, Reiko Füting, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. She served as the principal violist of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has worked with members of Ensemble Dal Niente, Spektral Quartet, and Ensemble Linea. She regularly performs with TACTUS and the Nouveau Classical Project.
In 2017, Lena was a member of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra. 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 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, the Orchestre des Universités de Paris, the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra, and the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Véronique Lacroix, Allen Tinkham, and Victor Yampolsky, and has performed in concerts across America and internationally in venues such as the Salle Gaveau (Paris), National Sawdust (New York), and Orchestra Hall (Chicago). Lena has played in solo and chamber master classes for Grigory Kalinovsky, JACK Quartet, Paul Kantor, Cyrus Forough, Mauricio Fuks, William Van der Sloot, Blair Milton, Vadim Gluzman, and the Pacifica Quartet.
Lena holds a BM in violin performance, with a minor in French, from Northwestern University, where she was a student of Gerardo Ribeiro and studied chamber music with the Dover Quartet, Desirée Ruhstrat, and Mathias Tacke. She graduated summa cum laude from the Bienen School of Music 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 also enthusiastic about musicians’ health and is an active practitioner of the Alexander Technique. Lena is currently pursuing her Masters degree in contemporary violin performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is a recipient of the President’s Award in the studio of Curtis Macomber.