Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson

Violin, Viola Teacher

Emily Ondracek-Peterson


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Emily Ondracek, Violinist

Praised by the New York Times as providing “elegant solowork,”and by Strad Magazine for reveling in “the dazzling passagework of winter,” Ms. Ondracek is a native of Chicago and began playing the violin at the age of 4, giving her first public concerts five months later.
At 16, Ms. Ondracek gave her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos. Since that time, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and at festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, Sarasota Music Festival, Italy’s Festival de Due Mondi, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Summer Music festival, where she was awarded the Joseph Gingold prize for outstanding performance.
Ms. Ondracek is in high demand as a teacher. A certified Suzuki instructor, she currently teaches at Columbia University, Resurrection Episcopal Day School, C.W. Post University, and is Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic. Previous teaching positions have included The Dwight School, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, and the Greenwich Suzuki Academy. Ms. Ondracek also maintains a private violin studio in New York City and has given violin workshops throughout the country. Ms. Ondracek has been a recipient of the Morse Fellowship, a grant for resident teaching artists in the New York Public School system.

Currently, Ms. Ondracek is the first violinist of the Voxare String Quartet – a New York based ensemble. Ms. Ondracek is a regular performer at the Bargemusic with the Voxare String Quartet and in collaboration with other prominent New York artists. The New York Times recently praised the Voxarians for playing with “such precision and passion” in a review of the Voxare Quartet’s creative scoring of the Soviet Russian film Man with a Movie Camera. The Voxare Quartet is under management with BesenArts.
In New York, Ms. Ondracek gives recitals, giving the debut of Histoire de Babar for violin and piano at the Steinway Hall Recital Series. She has also performed in concert with Herbie Hancock as well as MOMA’s summergarden concert series. She has also given numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout New York been involved in several commercial recordings for film and other genres.

Ms. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki. Ms. Ondracek is now attending Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City where she will receive a Masters and Doctorate in Education.