Performing Arts Department Chair
Name: Michael Gend
Office: PAB 3539
Phone: (818) 710-2268
Music Faculty Advisor
Name: Wendy Mazon
Office: MUS 3403A
Phone: (818) 710-2295
Applied Music Instructor
Leila Núñez-Fredell, Violin
Leila Núñez-Fredell plays with the DuselForty58 Chamber Ensemble, the critically acclaimed 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, 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 Dieskit about Beethoven. A founding member of Dr. Núñez-Fredell is a faculty member at the Colburn Music Academy, teaching and overseeing the music history curriculum. She is a music theory instructor and applied violin teacher at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Leila Núñez-Fredell is a founding board 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 has also made the first publicly available recording of some of the vocal music by Joseph Bologne, the “Chevalier de Saint-Georges” (1745-1799), a wonderful composer whose legacy has suffered due to racism.
With the Royce String Quartet, Dr. 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 Clubthe 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. The Royce Quartet’s engagements also include recitals in Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and San Clemente. 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.
Leila Núñez-Fredell received the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June 2013. She studied violin with Movses Pogossian and Guillaume Sutre at UCLA. Other past teachers include Laurie Smukler, Timothy Ying, and Susan Waterbury; chamber coaches include Antonio Lysy, Richard O’Neill, Calvin Wiersma, Ira Weller, and the Ying and Colorado quartets. She has also received coaching and participated in master classes by Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Lynn Harrell, Gilbert Kalish (SUNY Stony Brook), Luc-Marie Aguera(Ysaÿe Quartet), and Fred Sherry (Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society).
A recipient of UCLA’s prestigious Dissertation Year Fellowship, Leila Núñez-Fredell’s dissertation focused on the exchange between eighteenth- and nineteenth-century musical androids and human virtuosi: “Performing the Mechanical: Industrialism, Androids, and the Virtuoso Instrumentalist.” After completing her degree, she taught an undergraduate music history survey course as a lecturer at UCLA. Dr. Núñez-Fredell performed Arnold Schoenberg’s Phantasy, and presented on its extended techniques and use of the violin, as part of a lecture by Fred Sherry and also at an academic conference. She also serves as concertmaster of the Grassroots Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, NY and has performed as soloist with this and other orchestras works by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Sibelius, and Brahms.