Artist Bio

DJ Cheek, viola

DJ Cheek, twenty-five, is a freelance violist based in New York City. This season he appeared as a guest violist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, joined the new chamber music ensemble Cantata Profana in performances in New Haven and New York City, and returned to the prestigious First Monday series at Jordan Hall in Boston. In past summers, he has performed at Yellow Barn, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and in 2015 he will participate at Music@Menlo and the Olympic Music Festival as a chamber music fellow. While studying in Boston, Cheek performed as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet, with Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian as part of the Music for Food series, and in one of the 2013–2014 Honors String Quartets. He holds a master’s degree from New England Conservatory, where he received the Margaret O. Blickle Endowed Scholarship, and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College Conservatory, where he won the Ernest Hatch Wilkins Memorial Prize. DJ Cheek’s primary mentors are Kim Kashkashian and Peter Slowik, and he has also worked closely with Laurence Lesser, Robert Levin, Roger Tapping, and Vivian Weilerstein.

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