Adult Chamber Music Camp Faculty - Viola
DJ Cheek lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where he holds the Principal Viola chair with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his current appointment, DJ held tutti positions in the Alabama and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras, and was Principal in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. In recent seasons DJ appeared as a guest Principal with the Indianapolis Symphony, and as a substitute with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. In summer 2018 DJ mentored young violists at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland, and in spring 2019 he will be an adjunct instructor of viola at the University of North Florida. DJ has appeared at festivals like Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, Lucerne, Sarasota, Olympic, and was a frequent participant at Yellow Barn. While studying in Boston, he performed as a guest artist with the Borromeo Quartet, with Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian as part of the Music for Food series, on Drive Time Live on WGBH radio, and in the prestigious First Monday series at Jordan Hall. DJ holds a master’s degree from New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College-Conservatory, where he received the Ernest Hatch Wilkins award for academic excellence. His primary mentors are Kim Kashkashian and Peter Slowik, and DJ has also worked closely with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violists Jessica Bodner, Maria Lambros, and Roger Tapping, cellist Laurence Lesser, and pianists Robert Levin and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.