Jesus Linarez Concertmaster - Violin 1

Violinist Jesus Linarez began his musical studies in Venezuela, at the Music Conservatory “Vicente Emilio Sojo.” Linarez worked with Maestro Jose Francisco del Castillo for 7 years at the “Academia Latinoamericana de Violin” and was a member of the Venezuelan orchestra organization, “El Sistema”, serving as a principal with the 2017 National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. Linarez participated in tours with three different Venezuelan orchestras: The National Youth Orchestra, the Teresa Carreno Youth Orchestra and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, performing in important European cities including  Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, Toulouse, London, and prestigious symphony halls as Berlin Philarmoniker and the “Palau de la Musica Catalana” in Barcelona.

Linarez has performed as a violin soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela, the Lara Symphony Orchestra and the Caracas Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with world renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle.

In 2023, Linarez was appointed as Concertmaster of the West Michigan Symphony. He is the winner of the first prize of the 2021 Chicago Violin Competition, winner of the Concerto Competition at Roosevelt University 2023 and recipient of the Evanston Music Club Competition Scholarship. Linarez currently studies with  Mrs. Almita Vamos at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Sponsored by Pat & Julie Donahue

Michigan Arts & Culture Council
National Endowment for the Arts