Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where she received bachelors and master’s degrees in music performance under the tutelage of the renowned Lillian Fuchs. She currently studies with Mr. Robert Slaughter, formerly of Ball State University, “a mentor who has made the greatest impact on my musical career.” She has performed with Jeffrey Kahane, Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, and Lorraine Hunt and is, in the words of the San Francisco Chronicle’s music critic, Joshua Kosman, “one of the hidden treasures of the Bay Area’s musical scene.”
She was the Principal Violist of four San Francisco Bay Area orchestras: The New Century Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; the Santa Rosa Symphony, formerly conducted by Jeffrey Kahane; Berkeley Symphony conducted by Kent Nagano; and the Vallejo Symphony, conducted by David Ramadanoff. A former member of the Sonoma State University music faculty, she was also the founder/musical director of the Young Peoples Chamber Orchestra of the Santa Rosa Symphony, a conductorless ensemble modeled after the New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Ghidossi-DeLuca has created her own CD, recording the first three solo Cello Suites by Bach on viola; the second three Cello Suites are planned for 2016. Her other recordings include a Grammy-nominated CD of works by Dimitri Shostakovich, featuring the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and works by Frank Martin, featuring the Berkeley Symphony.
Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca has performed as a soloist on numerous occasions. The most recent work was the Walton Viola Concerto with the Vallejo Symphony, conducted by David Ramadanoff. She has also premiered and recorded works by new composers such as Thomas Goss and Kurt Rhode. Other recordings include soundtracks for Linda Ronstadt, Tom Waits, Journey, and other artists, as well as for many feature films. In 2003 Linda joined the Dixie Chicks in their five-month “Top of the World Tour” across the United States and Canada.
Ms Ghidossi-DeLuca is currently the string orchestra director and band co-director of the Vista at Entrada School of Performing Arts and Technology in Ivins, the adjunct viola/violin instructor at Utah Tech University in St. George, and she also performs as a member of the string section of the Tuacahn Amphitheatre Orchestra for the summer theatre productions as well as performing as principal violist with the Southwest Symphony.