Gina DiBello was appointed Principal Second Violin of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2008. Some of her recent artistic highlights with the orchestra have included solo performances of Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Andrew Litton, Bach’s Goldberg Variations with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and the ongoing cycle of Sibelius symphony recordings with Osmo Vanska.
Gina enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician, and has appeared on many local Twin Cities chamber series including the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber Music at MacPhail, Music in the Park, Colonial Chamber Series, Bakken Trio, and Musical Offering, to name a few. Recent chamber music recordings include Asako Hirabayashi’s The Harpsichord in the New Millenium (Albany Records) and Kalevi Aho’s Clarinet Quintet (BIS), featuring Osmo Vänskä and members of the Minnesota Orchestra. An advocate of contemporary music, Gina is a founding member of the Detroit-based collective New Music Detroit. Prior to her appointment to the Minnesota Orchestra, she was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Gina developed an intense passion for music at a very young age, likely inspired by her parents, both professional classical musicians. She began her violin studies at age four and went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Principal teachers and influences include Desiree Ruhstrat and David and Linda Cerone.
In her spare time, Gina enjoys doing yoga, cooking, and spending time at home with her husband, percussionist Ian Ding, and their four cats, Tony, Sophia, Grover, and Mini.