Cellist Timothy Paek is an enthusiastic musician with a passion for chamber music. He believes in and champions an ideal: chamber music can better the world. Timothy is a founding member of the Meadowlark Piano Trio, which recently advanced to the semi-final round of the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, In the 2018 – 2019 season, the trio will serve as artist fellows for the Music for Food organization, a musician-lead initiative to fight hunger in our local communities.
Recent highlights of Timothy’s career include a fellowship to the Toronto Summer Music Festival, numerous concerts with Symphony NOVA as the 2017-2018 artist fellow, as well as concerts with the Boston-based Phoenix Orchestra. He has been a featured guest musician on numerous series, including: faculty recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Carnegie Concert Series, Brookline Library Music Association, Caroga Lake Music Festival, and Spectrum in NYC.
A native of New Jersey, Timothy began the study of the cello at age nine. His childhood teachers include Andre Emelianoff and Jerome Carrington at the preparatory division of the Juilliard School. At age 13, Timothy began to explore the realms of chamber music at a special place called Greenwood music camp. His mentors include the members of the Cavani, Cleveland, Chiara, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.Timothy completed degrees at Carnegie Mellon University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Nebraska—Lincoln; his primary teachers were Anne Martindale Williams, Melissa Kraut, and Gregory Beaver.
As an educator, Timothy finds great pleasure in helping everyone cultivate a love for music. Timothy, currently is on faculty at the Community Music Center Boston and the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program. He also completed Suzuki teacher training and certification at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His interest for teaching sparked at the St. Margaret’s School for the Art’s summer music programs, where he taught as a chamber music coach, private cello instructor, and eurhythmics professor. Aside from music, Timothy loves to pursue culinary interests, dancing, basketball, playing board games, playing ping pong, biking, swimming, and exploring the most incredible scenic views of this world.