Julie Cheek has enjoyed a lifetime of performing and teaching. After completing her doctoral degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, she taught one year at the University of Colorado in Boulder. But she quickly realized she was not ready to settle into that lifestyle just yet. She began traveling the world on cruise ships as a guest entertainer, and became one of the most loved entertainers at sea. She has also been heard in concerts across the country as well as with symphony orchestras in Colorado, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. She has performed the Poulenc concerto for two pianos and orchestra with her brother John, also a concert pianist.
After one of her recitals, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette printed: “Pianist Julie Cheek is one of those entertainers that appeals to everyone”. She brings a fresh and relaxing approach to classical recitals, making the audience feel like they are with her in her living room. She has an ease in speaking about the history of the pieces and then a great seriousness and flair when performing them. Thousands of audience members have left Julie’s performances feeling the charm of this very special entertainer.
Her love for teaching developed into a private studio for 25 years in Little Rock and 11 summers teaching at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where she performs chamber music recitals with faculty from all over the world as well. She can be heard on iTunes and Spotify, as well as seen on A&E television and PBS.