Dr. Jaime Gorgojo, Artistic Director

Dr. Jaime Gorgojo, Artistic Director

Dr. Jaime Gorgojo frequently appears as a soloist and chamber musician both nationally and internationally. Recent appearances include recitals at the Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Grand Teton Music Festival, Strathmore Hall in Washington DC, and Chicago Symphony Presents Chamber Music, solo and in collaboration with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax.

Dr. Gorgojo is a 2018 recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from City of Chicago to produce the recording of an album titled “Iberia,” featuring Spanish and Georgian music for violin and piano.

Dr. Gorgojo combines his performing career with a vocation for pedagogy and an entrepreneur vision. He is Violin and Chamber Music Professor at North Eastern Illinois University in Chicago, and Founder and Artistic Director of CCMF (Chicago Chamber Music Festival), a summer program for young talented musicians, currently in its sixth season. During the summer of 2017 he was violin faculty and concertmaster for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in the island of Hawaii, and in 2018 he taught master classes in Bowling Green State University and Harold Washington College in Chicago.

As an orchestra musician, Dr. Gorgojo often appears as guest concertmaster with Northbrook Symphony, Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, and other groups in Chicago. He was concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and has performed under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jaap van Zweden. During the 2018-2019 season he will join the Haymarket Opera Company, one of the country’s leading organizations for historical performances, as an orchestra member. An avid explorer of different musical styles, Dr. Gorgojo, performs as first violin with Corky Siegel´s Chamber Blues, an ensemble that juxtaposes blues and classical styles.

Dr. Gorgojo received his Doctor of Music and Literature degree from Indiana University in October 2013 with a thesis on the works for solo violin by Manuel Quiroga and Jesús de Monasterio. He is the winner of the “Juventudes Musicales de Madrid Award” and recipient of the prestigious “La Caixa Fellowship”, Spanish Culture Minister Scholarship, and the Bloomington Camerata Scholarship for excellence in orchestra playing. Dr. Gorgojo performs on a Pierre Dalphin violin from 2005.