About Danijela


Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi is an internationally acclaimed violinist and a professor at UNCW Music Department. She arrived in Wilmington in 2009 and fell in love with the town and beach that reminded her so much of her native Croatia.

Danijela holds degrees from highly esteemed institutions; Master Degree from the Carnegie Mellon University and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Georgia and has taken courses in business management as well as project management from UNCW.

Over the past two decades, Danijela has dedicated her life to playing and teaching the violin.  Music and the arts have been both her passion and her profession.  As she has grown as a music professional, she has come to realize that her greatest joy is being able to share the beauty of the arts with others. Her role as an Artistic Director for the UNCW Community Music Academy and an Artistic/Executive Director and Founder of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition made her an expert in organizing, supporting, and creating music education and teaching opportunities for Wilmington community members, but it also opened up her communication to a much broader audience: national and international music students and their teachers and parents.

Over the last 10 years living in Wilmington, Danijela saw her love for architecture and real estate grow into a desire to obtain her real estate license and pursue a career in real estate sales. She is a skilled negotiator, having managed a multitude of contracts mediation with successful outcomes. She values strong communication as well as a desire to meet the needs of her clients. Her vast knowledge of the Wilmington area, its neighborhoods, and amenities as well as understanding the needs of her clients is paramount in creating a successful relationship.

Danijela enjoys spending time with her husband, a professor at Francis Marion University and her talented daughter. They enjoy the beach, boating, a vast array of amenities and the vibrant Wilmington arts community.

Mrs. Zezelj-Gualdi speaks several languages; Serbo-Croatian, Italian, German and English