Leila Núñez-Fredell is a violinist for the DuselForty58 Chamber Ensemble, Pacific Opera Project, and Opera Ritrovata. A dedicated chamber musician, Dr. Núñez-Fredell has performed on concert series such as UCLA Live at Royce Hall, Casa Classic, Concerts at One, the Infinite Stage, and Sundays Live at LACMA. Other performance engagements include collaborating with artists such as David Krakauer, John Cale, and the Borromeo String Quartet at the Italian festival Incontri in Terra di Siena. In the studio she has recorded music for films and played violin in a Funny or Die skit about Beethoven. A recipient of UCLA’s prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship, Dr. Núñez-Fredell is a faculty member at the Colburn Music Academy, teaching and overseeing the music history curriculum. She teaches also teaches violin and music theory at Los Angeles Pierce College.
With the Royce String Quartet, Leila Núñez-Fredell won the 2013 San Diego MTAC Chamber Competition and the 2013 Ladies Musical Club of Seattle (founded 1891) Small Ensemble Competition. As winners of the Ladies Musical Club the Royce Quartet performed in Seattle and was featured in an hour-long live broadcast on Seattle’s classical music station KING-FM 98.1 Northwest Focus. Other performance highlights included the finals of the 68th Annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (2014), Sundays Live at LACMA, and a concert with Naumburg Competition winner Robert Davidovici. Dr. Núñez-Fredell serves as concertmaster of the Grassroots Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, NY. She has performed as soloist with GCO and other orchestras concertos by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Sibelius, and Brahms.
Dr. Núñez-Fredell is a founding member and violinist for Opera Ritrovata, an organization dedicated to playing chamber music and opera by composers whose voices have been suppressed by prejudice. She worked with Pico-Union Housing Corporation’s Graff Lab, an artist sanctuary, to win a 2019 Arts Activation Grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for a Pico-Union Arts Festival which featured Opera Ritrovata. Opera Ritrovata also made the first publicly available recording of vocal music from the opera L’Amant Anonyme by Joseph Bologne, the “Chevalier de Saint-Georges.” More recently, she was part of a team of editors of the first edition of L’Amant Anonyme. This edition was featured in Opera Wire and used for LA Opera’s recent production.