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GAIL LILJA KIRKEENG | Guadagnini Violin Shop | | Chicago

Thank you for the gorgeous restoration of my Postiglione.You have truly given my violin its voice”
—Gail L. Kirkeeng

Biography of Gail L. Kirkeeng

Gail (Lilja) Kirkeeng is a violinist who brings a vast level of experience to her teaching. She has performed with nearly every musical organization in Chicago such as the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Symphony and various chamber music groups. As a freelancer, she has accompanied many legendary artists from Luciano Pavarotti to Tony Bennett, Isaac Stern, Ray Charles, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Judy Collins, Dionne Warwick, Smokey Robinson, Richard Marx and more. Throughout her professional performing experiences, she has also always cared very much about developing her students' potential. Over the years she has taught literally hundreds of violin students. Every student of hers that has auditioned for a college music scholarship has successfully received one. Other students have gone on to become professional players. Gail (Lilja) Kirkeeng graduated from Northern Illionis University in DeKalb, IL. with a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance. While at NIU she was a private student of world class violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi and the Vermeer String Quartet.

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