Linda Leanza-Molina, after graduating from Bel Air High School in 1980, did her undergraduate studies in Violin Performance at the Catholic University School of Music, as a David Burchuk Memorial scholarship recipient. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, where she was Second Violinist in the Honors String Quartet and received a full scholarship as a Teaching Assistant.
Ms. Molina’s professional career began by being appointed Principal Second Violin of the Baltimore Opera Company, winning by audition the Concertmaster position with the Harrisburg Symphony, and later winning a first violin position with the New Orleans Symphony.
After moving to Guatemala with her family, Ms. Molina was a featured soloist with the National Symphony of Guatemala and toured Guatemala and Florida after the release of their Contemporary String Quartet’s CD of Guatemalan classical music. She was honored by the Dante Alighieri Society with the Medal of Honor in the Arts, awarded the Medal of Arts from the President of Guatemala and his wife at a recital performance at the National Palace, and participated as soloist in the opening of the newly renovated National Conservatory of Music of Guatemala.
Currently, Ms. Molina holds the position of Principal Second Violinist of the Concert Artists of Baltimore, and is a regular violinist with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. As a free-lance musician, Ms. Molina has had the opportunity to play for world-renowned pop artists as well, including Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Kristin Chenowith, Jennifer Hudson, and many others. She is also considered an “actor” after appearing as the First Violinist in a string quartet for a scene in the new Netflix production, “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey. Ms Molina has also been a regular orchestral musician for Harry Connick, Jr. on his visits to Baltimore and Washington, DC. They were honored to perform at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.
Ms. Molina is on the faculty at Harford Community College and has a flourishing home studio of talented violin students. Having first appeared as a soloist in high school, this is Ms. Molina’s fifth appearance as soloist with the Susquehanna Symphony.