John Patek | Strings & Orchestra
Born in Milwaukee in 1981, John Patek started violin lessons just before his third birthday. Growing up in Thiensville, John participated in his school orchestra and all levels of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony where he served as concertmaster and soloed with each of the orchestras. As a student of Vartan Manoogian at the University of Wisconsin, he served as concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra. After winning the UW concerto competition he performed Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the UW-Symphony 2001. Graduating in 2004 with his Bachelor’s degree he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Neuchatel as a student of Stefan Muhmenthaler. An active chamber musician and orchestral violinist John performs frequently here in the Midwest as well as in Switzerland. John has recorded over a dozen world premiere recordings including a live recording of “The Lord of the Rings Symphony” in Luzern with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra. John lives in Mequon with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Cecila; he also teaches at his own studio in Mequon and at Milwaukee Montessori School.