PATINKA KOPEC (violin and viola) joined the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music in 1987 and teaches in the Precollege and College Divisions. Since 1993, she has been the Co-Director and Co-Teacher of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at MSM. She was a Co-Founding Artist of the Perlman Music Program (1995) where she continues to teach. She is the Director of the Young Artists Programme at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada (since 1999).
Ms Kopec completed her MM and BM at The Julliard where she studied with Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, Lillian Fuchs, and William Lincer. Ms Kopec was a Teaching Assistant to Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian. She has performed at Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall, Down East Festival (NY), Killington Music Festival, and the Southern Vermont Festival. She was formerly artist in residence with the Andreas Quartet (viola) for 10 years and was on the faculties of the Queens College, Aspen Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY Purchase, Thurnauer School of Music at the JCC of the Palisades (NJ), and Hoff-Barthelson Music School. She has given Master Classes in Tel Aviv, Prague, Shanghai, Miyazaki (Japan), Ottawa, and conservatories in the United States.
Her students have soloed with major orchestras and play in many professional chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, and the Berlin Orchestras. Her students have also placed in prestigious international competitions, including the Menuhin, Stolberg, and the Young Concert Artist and are under management. Many of her students now hold teaching positions in conservatories.