Jorja Fleezanis joined the faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2009 as Professor of Violin and holds the Henry Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies. She was the concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009, assuming that position after being the Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a member of the Chicago Symphony. She has been guest concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony. She has been a frequent guest artist and teacher at the Prussia Chamber Music sessions, the New World Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music@Menlo Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Camp, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. She is currently concertmaster of the Chicago Bach Project, performs annually in France with her French pianist, Cyril Huve, and gives frequent recitals with her long-term partner, Karl Paulnack. The Minnesota Orchestra commissioned two major solo works for her, the John Adams Violin Concerto and the Ikon of Eros by John Tavener, the latter recorded on Reference Records. The complete violin sonatas of Beethoven with the French fortepianist Cyril Huvé were released in 2003 on the Cyprés label. Other recordings include Aaron Jay Kernis’s Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky on CRI, commissioned for her by the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Stefan Wolpe’s Violin Sonata with Garrick Ohlsson as her partner for Koch International.
Jorja Fleezanis Reviews:
“The voices echo slightly off of the walls and ceiling creating an even more metaphysical feeling. I don’t think I’ve heard a better piece to test your soundstage. There is little else I can provide. Tavener says Ikon of Eros is “humbly offered to those who have ears to hear.” I suggest you take him up on it.”
–Bill Brooks, 12/03, Soundstage.com