Executive Director, Dileep Gangolli

Dileep Gangolli is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Present Music, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and numerous orchestras around the country. He has taught at Northern Illinois University, VanderCook College of Music, North Park University, and Midwest Young Artists.  He is the founder and director of the Illinois Woodwind Academy. Prior to establishing his career in Chicago, he was a member of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and was on the faculty of the University of Puget Sound.

As a cultural entrepreneur, he has founded several musical organizations, most recently the South Loop Music Festival based in Chicago.  Along with his wife, flutist Janice MacDonald, he self-produces a summer concert series in northwest Indiana near the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Concerts are held in an intimate venue that combines a working artisanal winery and chamber music concert hall.  An experienced winemaker, the wine that is served at after concert receptions is made by Dileep and fermented and barrel-aged adjacent to the concert performance area.

Dileep has music degrees from Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Washington.  His private clarinet instructors include Robert Marcellus, Anthony Gigliotti, and Ronald Phillips.  In 1986 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for advanced study in the United Kingdom.  He is a frequent contributor to The Clarinet, the quarterly journal of the International Clarinet Association.

In addition to his musical career, Dileep earned an MBA from the Booth School of Business (University of Chicago) and worked for eight years in corporate communications and investor relations for two Chicago-based Fortune 500 companies.  He is the owner of two small businesses: Evanston Cellars, a wine distribution company for his private label Forty Winks wines, and the Windy City Tour Company which offers customized tours of unique sites and destinations around Chicago.

Past chamber music appearances include participation in the Washington Island Music Festival, the Token Creek Music Festival under the direction of John Harbison, and tours of Florida and New Brunswick as a member of the Atlantic Arts Trio.  He has been a frequent guest on WFMT’s Live from Studio One broadcasts and has appeared with leading Chicago chamber music groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the New Center for Black Music Research Ensemble, and the Pilgrim Chamber Players. Mr. Gangolli has also performed at the BVI Music Festival (British Virgin Islands), the Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Da Camera Society Concerts and has been a repeat performer on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess recital series.

An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music, he has participated in several national and international tours and residencies including the Interlink Festival of Contemporary Music and the Istanbul Contemporary Music Festival.  Dileep has appeared in recital at several annual conventions of the International Clarinet Association.

He has recorded for the Albany, Crystal, Decca, Delos, Erato labels.  For Crystal Records, he was part of an ongoing project of the Westwood Wind Quintet to record all twenty-four woodwind quintets of Anton Reicha.  As a member of Present Music, he can be heard on recordings that feature the music of Michael Torke and Kamran Ince.  These recordings were done under the supervision of the composers.