Jorja Fleezanis joined the faculty at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in 2009 as Professor of Violin and holding the Henry Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies. She was the concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009, assuming that position after being the Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony and a member of the Chicago Symphony.
Ms. Fleezanis has been guest concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. She has been a frequent guest artist teacher at: the Prussia Cove Chamber Music sessions, New World Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Music@Menlo Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Camp and the Round Top International Festival Institute. She is concertmaster of the Chicago Bach Project, performs annually in France with her French pianist, Cyril Huve, and gives frequent recitals with her long-term partner, Karl Paulnack.
The Minnesota Orchestra commissioned two major solo works for her, the John Adams Violin Concerto and the Ikon of Eros by John Tavener, the latter recorded on Reference Records. The complete violin sonatas of Beethoven with the French fortepianist Cyril Huvé were released in 2003 on the Cyprés label. Other recordings include Aaron Jay Kernis's Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky on CRI, commissioned for her by the Schubert Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Stefan Wolpe's Violin Sonata with Garrick Ohlsson as her partner for Koch International. The world premier of Nicholas Maw’s Sonata for Solo Violin, commissioned for her by Minnesota Public Radio, was broadcast on Public Radio International’s Saint Paul Sunday Morning in 1998 and in 1999 she gave the British premiere at the Chester Summer Festival. In 1998, she was the violin soloist in the American premiere of Britten’s recently discovered Double Concerto for Violin and Viola.
Jorja Fleezanis has been an adjunct faculty member at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Ms. Fleezanis plays on a violin made in 1700 by the Venetian maker, Matteo Goffriller.