Dr. Emily Ondracek-Peterson is a leader in numerous fields: performance, artistic direction, arts
advocacy, administration, education, career research, entrepreneurship, and academia.
Praised by The New York Times for her “elegant solowork,” and by Strad magazine for her “dazzling
passagework,” Dr. Ondracek is a rising star of violin performance.Dr. Ondracek is a native of Chicago
and began playing the violin at the age of 4. When sixteen she gave her solo debut with the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra, playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos. Dr. Ondracek has performed solo
and chamber music performances at all of the major venues in New York City including as soloist at
Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim, MoMA,
poisson rouge, the Apollo Theatre, and many more. Currently, she is Co-Artistic Director of the
Crested Butte Music Festival, a summer-long festival presenting the world’s best opera, symphony,
chamber music, bluegrass, rock, electronica, and more. Dr. Ondracek has recorded for Naxos,
Albany, and Toccata labels.
As first violinist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet, Dr. Ondracek has been awarded Chamber
Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. With Voxare she tours nationally and
abroad. Taking pride in contemporary-music advocacy, she has worked with composers both young
and established, including Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici, both
of which has requested recordings of their works. Dr. Ondracek has 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.
Currently, Dr. Ondracek is the director of string studies and chamber music and full-time professor
of violin at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s
and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and her doctorate in Music and Music Education at
Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Erik Christian Peterson started playing viola at age ten in his native Chicago. He is the
founding member and current violist of the acclaimed Voxare String Quartet. With Voxare, Dr.
Peterson has performed at in major concert venues throughout the US and Europe, including as
soloist at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. He has been awarded Chamber
Music America’s ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the Kay H. Logan Award
for performance excellence. In addition to his activities with Voxare, Dr. Peterson frequently
performs with his wife, violinist Emily Ondracek-Peterson and flutist Eugenia Zukerman. Dr.
Peterson has recorded for Naxos, Albany, Bridge, and Toccata labels. As an orchestral musician,
Dr. Peterson has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Milwaukee and New World
Symphonies. Currently, Dr. Peterson is Festival Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, a
summer-long festival that presents over sixty concerts presenting the world’s best musicians in
opera, symphony, chamber, electronic, rock, bluegrass, and jazz.
As an artist-in-residence, Dr. Peterson has held positions at institutions such as Dartmouth
College, the University of Leeds (UK), the University of Virginia, and the International
Computer Music Conference. As a musicologist and theorist, Dr. Peterson has lectured at
Princeton University, the British Library, and New York University, among others.
Dr. Peterson also works in technology as a recording engineer, producer, editor, and media
consultant. Dr. Peterson is a co-founder of Noted Endeavors, which publishes in association with
Musical America interviews with noted artists, entrepreneurs, and administrators. As an
accomplished photographer, Dr. Peterson’s works have appeared in The New York Times and
He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Heidi
Castleman and Misha Amory, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Cleveland
Institute of Music and Case Western University, where he was the teaching assistant to Stanley
Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Erik Christian Peterson will perform on the December 5th Pendulum concert.