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 Cerone.
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 Orchestra.
DiBello lives in Sheridan Park with her husband, percussionist Ian Ding. Both are Chicago natives and are thrilled to be back in their hometown.