After School Partnership Program
MM DePaul University
BM Université de Montréal
Stephanie Pielok was born in Paris, France, to Polish parents. She began the violin at the age of 11 in the class of Prof. Dominique Abbihssira. In 2001, she entered the Conservatoire National de Region of Cergy-Pontoise where she studied until 2007 with Prof. Franck Della Valle, concertmaster of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. She moved to Montreal in 2007 to study with Prof. Vladimir Landsman and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance in May 2010. Ms. Pielok started her Master’s degree in September 2010 under Prof. Ilya Kaler at DePaul University in Chicago, where she was offered the “Performance Award” scholarship. She is the Laureate of several national competitions including Leopold Belan, Nerini, Rampal, and Vatelot. She was more recently awarded a scholarship from the Polish Arts Club in Chicago.
Ms. Pielok has always been an active chamber musician, and enjoyed playing in different ensembles such as trios, quartets, and quintets. She attended the Conservatoire Chamber Classes and Master Classes, the Vannes International Festival in France, the Lańcut International Music Festival in Poland, the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, the Domaine Forget in Canada, and was invited to perform as a chamber musician in the French Youth Orchestra tour. She is currently in the DePaul chamber music program where she studies with Prof. Solomonow and Prof. Balderston.
After national auditions, Ms. Pielok entered the French Youth Orchestra when she was 15 years old and got to tour throughout France and Europe. She has regularly performed concerts with various orchestras in France, in Canada and in the United States. Ms. Pielok is a faculty member of the Chiapas International Music Festival in Mexico, where she taught and performed in December 2011.