Nationally acclaimed violinist, pianist to perform Nov. 13

Nationally acclaimed violinist, pianist to perform Nov. 13

Nov 5, 2018

Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson (violin) and Dr. Jooeun Pak (piano) will present a recital featuring sonatas for violin and piano (harpsichord) by Heinrich Biber, Ludwig van Beethoven and Claude Debussy on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kincaid Concert Hall within Quigley Hall at Western Colorado University. The concert is free and open to the campus and surrounding communities.

Ondracek-Peterson is a leader in numerous fields: performance, artistic direction, arts advocacy, administration, education, career research, entrepreneurship and academia. Taking pride in contemporary music advocacy, she has worked with established composers including Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici.

Violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson

Ondracek-Peterson studied chamber music with Robert Mann (founder of the Juilliard String Quartet), David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet, and members of the Juilliard, Kronos, American and Vermeer quartets. She and her husband, Eric Peterson, are the co-artistic directors of the Crested Butte Music Festival.

Ondracek-Peterson is the director of string studies and professor of violin at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She also serves on the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ondracek-Peterson is the first violinist for the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet and is an active educator, pedagogue, as well as a highly sought after violinist. She has recorded for Naxos, Albany and Toccata labels.

Pak is a highly acclaimed and sought after pianist who is in high demand throughout the world as a soloist, collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and is a champion and advocate for new contemporary music. She has performed throughout the United States and around the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington D.C’s Kennedy Center, Korea, Italy, Jordan and Germany.

Pianist Jooeun Pak

Pak received her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance and Literature, with minors in Theory and Chamber Music, from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the mentorship of the Distinguished Professor and the co-founder of legendary Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler, for whom she also served as an assistant. Beginning her doctoral study, Pak was awarded Doctoral Fellowship for her outstanding performance/academic achievements by the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Pak has been a winner of numerous national and international competitions. Pak’s students have been recognized as winners of numerous competitions, including MTNA state competitions, Steinway competitions and the MSU Denver concerto competition. In 2017, she was recipient of Steinway’s Top Teacher’s Award. 

Photos of Ondracek-Peterson (top) and Pak (bottom) courtesy of respective artists.