Eleanor Bartsch

Eleanor Bartsch

Principal Violin

Chicago-based violinist Eleanor Bartsch is the Concertmaster of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and an active chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States. Ms. Bartsch performs with the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra in Chicago and with Madison, Wisconsin’s Willy Street Chamber Players, of which she is a founding member and acts as Marketing Director.  Ms. Bartsch also regularly appears with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and Cincinnati Symphony.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Bartsch performs with the Chicago-based Apas piano trio.  She is a regular guest performer on many chamber music concert series including those of the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (Madison, WI), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Midsummer Music (Door County, WI), Caroga Lake Music Festival (Caroga, NY), and Chamber Music on the Fox (Elgin, IL)

A champion of new music, Ms. Bartsch has worked with many well-known living composers including Michael Daugherty, Olly Wilson, Kurt Rohde, Cecilia McDowall, Agata Zubel, and Laura Elise Schwendinger.  She regularly performs with the Milwaukee-based new music ensemble Present Music, the GRAMMY nominated Spektral Quartet, and multiple GRAMMY Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird.

Eleanor began her violin studies at the age of 4 in her native St. Paul, MN at the Northern Lights Suzuki School for Strings.   She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison during which time she spent summers attending the Aspen Music Festival and School studying with Paul Kantor. In 2015, Eleanor completed her Masters Degree as a Paul Collins Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music. She studied with David Perry and Felicia Moye and concurrently earned a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship from the School of Business.  

A dedicated teacher, Ms. Bartsch is on the faculty of the Barrington Music Academy, the Chicago School of Music, and the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic.  She regularly acts as a clinician and guest lecturer throughout the Midwest.

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