Peter Slowik (born 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois) is a professor of viola and head of the string department at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has earned the school's teaching award. Before teaching at Oberlin, Slowik taught at Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University for 13 years, where he earned the McCormick Professorship for Teaching Excellence, and also at Wheaton College, Illinois as a guest lecturer and viola instructor. Some of his former viola students perform in major US orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony, and in university appointments across the nation.
He has a Bachelor's Degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a Master's from Eastman. He is a former violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and solo violist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Slowik is also currently the artistic director of Credo Chamber Music; a faith-based summer music program that allows gifted youths to experience intensive chamber music instruction, master classes, and performances.
Solo performances throughout US, at 6 International Viola Congresses and on NPR. Former principal violist of the American Sinfonietta, Concertante di Chicago, and the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Discography on Deutsche Grammophon and other labels.
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