A native of Chicago, violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson started playing the violin at the age of five, and began giving public concerts soon thereafter. At sixteen, Ms. Ondracek gave her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since that time, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and at festivals such as Aspen, Italy’s Festival de Due Mondi, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Summer Music festival, where she was awarded the Joseph Gingold Prize for Most Outstanding Instrumentalist.
Ms. Ondracek frequently gives recitals and has also performed with jazz artists such as Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Ms. Ondracek records frequently for film and television, and has recorded for Naxos records. Also in demand as an educator, Ms. Ondracek is a two-time Morse Fellow, and is currently a Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic. Heading the violin program at Resurrection Episcopal Day School, Ms. Ondracek also maintains private violin studios in New York City and Greenwich, CT.
Ms. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki with the support of a Morse Scholarship. At Teachers College, Columbia University, where Ms. Ondracek received her doctorate in Music and Music Education, she researched the careers of conservatory-trained musicians. Her doctoral thesis, at 500 pages, is currently being transformed into a monograph on the subject. Ms. Ondracek performs on a violin made in 1815 by Francois Louis Pique.