Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp
Concert soloist and recitalist
B.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University, M.M., Piano Performance, Indiana University, D.M.A., Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music
Pianist Julie Cheek, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, made her professional debut at the age of 14 as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, performing the D Minor Concerto of Mozart. She has been a featured artist many times since then, not only with the Arkansas Symphony, but with many symphony orchestras in the US as well. Her appeal as a solo classical recitalist, often coupled with master classes, is widespread across America and Europe. In January of 2000, she was chosen to perform the dedication recital of the 500th Fazioli piano which was broadcast on "Performance Today" on National Public Radio. She has also been interviewed by the BBC radio in connection with concert tours in the British Isles. Three times she appeared in recital on PBS in Arkansas, and then made her national television debut on A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts" in 2001. Dr. Cheek is noted for her lyrical expressiveness as well as precision at the piano. She is equally articulate with audiences in explaining music in a relaxed, yet informative nammer. For fourteen years, she has been a favorite entertainer on Silversea, Crystal and Radisson Cruise lines. Her travels have taken her all over the world.