Chicago-based violinist Eleanor Bartsch is Concertmaster of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and first violinist of the critically acclaimed Kontras Quartet. As a performing member of the Chicago Philharmonic/Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Eleanor frequently serves as Concertmaster, Associate Concertmaster, and Principal Second Violin. A founding member and Marketing Director of Madison, Wisconsin's Willy Street Chamber Players, she concertizes throughout Wisconsin and maintains a passion for chamber music and community.
Ms. Bartsch recently joined the roster of The Chicago Ensemble. She acts as a regular substitute with the Chicago Lyric Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and Grant Park Festival Orchestra. While completing her schooling at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she was a tenured member of both the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (5 seasons) and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (8 seasons).
A champion of new music, Ms. Bartsch has performed with Present Music, the Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet, and multiple Grammy-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird.
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. She also holds a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison during which time she spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School studying with Paul Kantor.
A dedicated teacher who maintains a studio of private students, Eleanor is on the faculty of the Barrington Music Academy. As a member of the Kontras Quartet, she is an artist in residence at Western Michigan University and frequently serves as a guest clinician at institutions throughout the United States.
Eleanor began her violin studies at the age of 4 in St. Paul, MN with Ellen Kim at the Northern Lights Suzuki School for Strings. While in high school, she continued her studies with University of Minnesota professor Young-Nam Kim. Raised in a family of musicians in the Twin Cities, Eleanor's parents, Tom and Julia Bartsch, are a professional pianist and violinist, respectively. Her younger sister, Alice, is a violinist in the Sydney, Australia Symphony. Her uncle, Jim Bartsch, is a violinist, violist, and conductor in the Minneapolis area.