2017-2018 Artists

Hungarian-American violinist and orchestra conductor, Ferenc Cseszkó, presented solo/chamber music recitals and masterclasses in Austria (Bregenz), Croatia (Dubrovnik), Germany (Frankfurt, Munich and Giessen), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Rome, Ancona), Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad and Subotica), Switzerland (Sion), the United States (primarily in the Northwest and Midwest), Canada (Vancouver, B.C.), Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey) and Colombia (Bogotá). As an orchestra musician, Cseszkó performed with the symphony orchestras of Spokane, Yakima and Walla Walla (all in Washington State), Wichita Grand Opera (Kansas), Madison Symphony (Wisconsin), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Budafoki Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary).

As an orchestra conductor and clinician, Dr. Cseszkó frequently leads festival, university and other orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he guest conducted the National Chiayi University Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Juan N. Corpas (Colombia) and the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra on subscription concerts.

Born in the Former Yugoslavia to Hungarian parents, Dr. Cseszkó received an Artist/Teaching Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teachers included Tyrone Greive, János Pallagi, Michael Barta, Sándor Devich, Peter Lissauer and Eszter Perényi (violin and chamber music) and David E. Becker (orchestral conducting). In addition, he performed in master classes given by Yehudi Menuhin, Sidney Harth, Michael Tree, Lóránd Fenyves, György Pauk, Elmar Oliviera and Endre Wolf.

Ferenc Cseszkó is currently an Associate Professor of violin/viola and Director of the Orchestra Program at the Lionel Hampton School of Music of University of Idaho, as well as Concertmaster of the Washington Idaho Symphony Orchestra. His previous teaching positions include the Universidad Juan N. Corpas (Bogotá, Colombia), Fort Hays State University (Kansas) and Beloit College (Wisconsin).