"In Jordan Bak they have given us a star in the making. He is a young artist to watch for."
-Jon Sobel, Seattle Pi
Far Rockaway, NY
A native of Long Island, NY, Jordan Bak is an emerging violist and recent prizewinner in several competitions, including the 2017 Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra Solo Competition and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Competition. He was also a semifinalist in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and the winner of The Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award and the Sphinx MPower Artist Grant.
Bak has given several solo recitals and benefit performances in the Boston and New York areas. He has performed in masterclasses with Kirsten Docter, Atar Arad, Veit Hertenstein, Cynthia Phelps, Steven Tenenbom, and Nobuko Imai. An avid chamber musician, Bak has played a wide range of works, but particularly enjoys pieces from the Romantic and Post-Romantic eras. He has worked with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Calidore, Cavani, Parker, Michelangelo, Juilliard, and Cleveland Quartets, as well as Don Palma and Renée Jolles of Orpheus. He has also collaborated and performed with Colin Carr, Ara Gregorian, Keiko Sekino, Emanuel Gruber, Daniel Khalikov, Quan Yuan, Dov Scheindlin, and Joel Noyes.
"Bak was dazzling...he played with a full-bodied sound and exacting intonation and articulation. His playing was so constantly involving and impressive that one was drawn to each note and phrase."
-George Grella, New York Classical Review
Recent festivals include the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Four Seasons, Encore, and Taos Chamber Music Festivals. Bak was one of six violists invited to participate in the 2016 Lac Leman Music Masterclasses held in Blonay, Switzerland, made possible by the Sphinx MPower Artist Grant.
A seasoned orchestral musician, Bak served as principal violist of The Juilliard Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony and Philharmonia, the Cambridge Philharmonic, and the New York All State Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under esteemed conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Stefan Asbury, David Loebel, Edward Gardner, and Hugh Wolff.
Mr. Bak started playing the piano at age 2 and the viola at age 8. After initially pursuing a career as a pianist, he ultimately graduated as a violist with academic honors from New England Conservatory, studying with Dimitri Murrath. Previous teachers include Melissa Howe, Simon Shaheen, and Yeou-Cheng Ma. Bak is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree with Hsin-Yun Huang at The Juilliard School, where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
Bak is a current member of The Juilliard Orchestra as well as Symphony in C, formerly the Haddonfield Symphony. He is also on the faculty of The Malverne School of Music in Malverne, NY.
Jordan Bak plays a viola made in 2016 by a good friend, Jon van Kouwenhoven.