Emily Ondracek, Violinist and Director of Hire Conservatory Alumni
Emily Ondracek, violin. A native of Chicago, Emily Ondracek started playing the violin at the age of 5, and began giving public concerts soon thereafter.
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 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 outstanding performance.
In New York, Ms. Ondracek frequently gives recitals, regularly performing at scuh venues as Bargemusic and Le Poisson Rouge. She gave the world premiere the Histoire de Babar for violin and piano at the Steinway Hall Recital Series. Ms. Ondracek also performs jazz and popular music, and has 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. Additionally, she has performed at hundreds of weddings and other special events.
As a teacher, Ms. Ondracek is in high demand. She is the two-time recipient of the Morse Fellowship, a grant for resident teaching artists in the New York Public School system. A certified Suzuki instructor, she has given violin workshops throughout the country and founded the Ondrason School of Music in Greenwich, Ct. Ms. Ondracek also maintains a private violin studio in New York City.
Ms. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is researching new methods of music education. She currently performs on a violin made by a Parisian maker in 1815.
In her limited spare time, Ms. Ondracek can be found reading great literature and tending to her orchids.