Joseph Petrasek was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2017, and Principal Percussionist of the Colorado Music Festival in 2019. Previously, he served as Associate Principal Percussionist of the Kansas City Symphony for 8 seasons, and as a percussion fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Joseph has appeared as Guest Principal with the San Francisco Symphony, and has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Southern California, Joseph earned his bachelor's degree at UCLA studying under Mitchell Peters, former Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He went on to receive a master's degree at Temple University, studying with Philadelphia Orchestra percussionists Alan Abel and Angela Zator-Nelson. Mr. Petrasek lives in Atlanta with his wife, Jessica, and their two cats. He enjoys cooking and learning about wine.
Jessica Petrasek recently finished a position with the Kansas City Symphony and now lives in Atlanta. She has a Master of Music from Rice University and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. Jessica is the Principal Flutist of Breckenridge Music. She has been the Principal Flutist of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Piccoloist of the Sarasota OperaOrchestra. She has been awarded both the "Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Work" and Third Place prizes at the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition.
Jessica was a NFAA YoungARTS Silver Award Winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She has held fellowships at the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. She and her husband, ASO Principal Percussionist Joe Petrasek, perform as the Petrasek Duo.
Jessica's biggest passion outside of music is horseback riding. She hangs out and trains with her horse Raverti ("Rav") almost every day.
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 1:30pm
Florence Kopleff Recital Hall
15 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta GA, 30303