Ms. Petula Perdikis
Violin, Viola Teacher
Petula Perdikis, a Canadian citizen and born from Greek and Italian immigrants, began playing the violin at the age of 10 under the instruction of Estelle Frankel. She switched to viola seven years later, while studying with Sylvia Ahramjian. She played with various orchestras around the Delaware Valley area including Chamber groups, Wilmington Community Orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. In the four years that she was a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, they toured South America and Germany. She received her Bachelor’s in Music Performance at West Chester University and her Master’s in Music Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Upon completion of her Masters Degree in 1991, Petula accepted a position with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. During her tenure with this orchestra, she toured England and Scotland, as well as various cities in Florida. One of the highlights of her New World Symphony tenure was a sold out performance with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine in the Miami Arena.
Petula moved back to Delaware in 1992. Since that time she has won positions with the following orchestras: Delaware Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and Lancaster Symphony. She has also played with several other organizations including the Northeastern Philharmonic, the American Symphony in New York City, the Princeton Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Singers/Concerto Soloists.
During the summer months of 1990-1993, Petula participated in the Aspen Music Festival under a full fellowship. In 1994, she spent the summer in Germany at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival where the orchestra toured Germany and Denmark with Mistlav Rostropovich. In the summer of 1995, Petula went on tour with the Mannes Orchestra to France and the American Festival Orchestra to Spain. In 1996, she participated in the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In the winter of 1997, Petula went on the international tour of Porgy and Bess, an opera written by George Gershwin, to Japan. During the summer of 1998, Petula played the Chita Rivera show in Atlantic City. Since then she has also played with Frank Sinatra Jr., Wayne Newton, Neil Sedaka, Electric Light Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence and Eddie Gorme, Regis Philbin, Lainie Kazan, Connie Francis, Bobby Vinton, Johnny Mathis, Rock Star Supernova, The Decemberists, Procol Harum, Spike Lee, Terrance Blanchard, Jeff Bradshaw, Donna Summer, Ben Folds, Savion Glover, Yo Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Mark O’Connor, Peter Gabriel, Amos Lee, Sarah Mclachlan and Julie Andrews. Since 1998, Petula has substituted with the Baltimore Symphony and has been able to play under the baton of Bobby McFerrin, Marin Alsop and world renown Yuri Temirkanov. In April, 2001, Petula went on the Baltimore Symphony’s Northeast Tour with a stop in Carnegie Hall and was asked to go on their Japan tour in September, 2002. In the fall of 2005, Petula went on their European Tour and has been subbing with them on a regular basis.
In 2013, Petula was accepted in to be one of the voting members of the Recording Foundation of the Grammy’s. She has since voted and has taken her daughter every year.
In 1996, Petula graduated with a teaching certificate for all 10 books in the Suzuki Method from the School for Strings in New York City with Louise Behrend. Petula has taught at the Darlington Fine Arts Center, the Wilmington Music School and the University of Delaware Community School. The students of Petula Perdikis’ have been studying with her from 1 to 6 years. Their ages have ranged from 3 1/2 to 80. Her students have even been accepted to play in the Philadelphia Sinfonia and many have played with the Delaware All-State Orchestra where two of her students in the past won the principal viola position. She has taken her students to play at Carnegie Hall twice to join 750 other Suzuki students in a School for Strings Play-In Concert.
Besides playing in orchestras and teaching, Petula Perdikis and Carole Armstrong have a group called Sophisticated Strings. This is a string group that plays at any type of events, including weddings, parties, etc…
Other than playing and teaching music, Petula loves to travel, roller blade, work out and spend the rest of her free time with her daughter, Luciana Marie.