Linda Veleckis Nussbaum, violin
Violinist Linda Veleckis has performed as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe.
In recent recitals, she has performed the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, composers of the Baltic diaspora and several programs commemorating composers lost in the Holocaust.
Her 2014 concert tour of Lithuania was met with critical praise for her “elegant playing, compelling tone and passionate interpretations”. This tour included an appearance at the “Operetta at Kaunas Castle” festival, where she captivated over 10,000 listeners with her transcriptions of operatic masterpieces.
As a chamber music, she has concertized and conducted master classes with the Cadenza and Projecto Quattro String Quartets and the Julian Piano Quartet. Each summer she coaches chamber music for groups of varying ages and abilities at the Southern Illinois and Eureka College festivals.
Orchestrally, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Elgin Symphony, New Philharmonic and currently serves as principal second violin with both the Illinois Philharmonic and Heartland Festival Orchestras.
The Lithuanian Opera of Chicago holds a special place in Linda’s heart, as it was here that she first fell in love with opera. She serves as Concertmaster, Orchestra Manager and Assistant Conductor for the company, performing operas in the Lithuanian language on both sides of the Atlantic. This spring, she will be featured in Lehar’s rarely performed operetta Paganini.
A dedicated teacher, Linda Veleckis serves as Director of Orchestras in Orland Park, Illinois, where she conducts four orchestras serving over 200 young musicians. Her private studio in Chicago focuses on developing strong technical foundation and preparing students for competitions and auditions.
Her dedication to the musical life extends beyond the concert stage and teaching studio: Linda has served as Executive Director of several orchestras and is in demand as a consultant for symphonic organizations. Her doctoral dissertation, “Beyond the Podium: the Leadership Traits of Symphony Orchestra Conductors” is often cited as the first study of conductor viewed through the lens of organizational behavior. She has presented papers at the national conferences of the Organization Development Institute and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
Linda performs on an 1878 violin by Samuel Nemessanyi (her “partner in life”) and an instrument made for her by Augustino Napoli (2013, Chicago).