Mr. Ervin Luka Sešek
VIOLIN, VIOLA, CHAMBER MUSIC
COLBURN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC- PROFESSIONAL STUDIES CERTIFICATE (PSC)
FACULTY OF MUSIC BELGRADE, SERBIA- BACHELORS OF MUSIC (BM)
A product of prominent violinist parents, Ervin Luka Sešek has made playing and teaching the violin his life long passions. As a chamber musician, Sešek has collaborated with former members of Tokyo and Ehnes string quartets (Martin Beaver, Clive Greensmith and Robert deMaine). He has also played in concert alongside world renowned artists such as Gary Hoffman, Paul Coletti, Konstantin Lifshitz, Edin Karamazov and others. He has appeared at the Colburn Chamber Music Society, South Bay Chamber Music Society, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle and Summit Music Festival. Additionally, he has both taught and performed at the Burgos International Music Festival and Sewanee Summer Music Festival.
Born during the last weeks of Yugoslavia, Ervin Luka Sešek began his violin studies with his mother, Anastazija Juvan, at age 5 and then continued through secondary school with his father, Armin Sešek. Before moving to America, he studied at the Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana (Slovenia), School for Musically Gifted Children Ćuprija (Serbia) and Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Serbia). He holds a Professional Studies Certificate from the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles where he studied with Martin Beaver of the Tokyo String Quartet. He has performed for several internationally prominent pedagogues including Aaron Rosand, Stefan Milenković, Arnold Steinhardt, Igor Ozim, Pavel Vernikov, Ken Aiso, Eugene Sarbu, Scott St. John and others.
Sešek’s years of unending exposure to the violin have given him an extraordinary amount of knowledge and know how in reference to teaching. His dedication to detail and sensible approach through his father’s methodology, as well as the Sassmannshaus method (which is based on the teachings of Ivan Galamian and Dorothy Delay) give him the ability to teach to the highest degree for those willing to put in the time and effort.
Dr. Amber Archibald-Sešek
VIOLA, VIOLIN, MUSIC THEORY
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS (DMA)
RICE UNIVERSITY- MASTER OF MUSIC (MM)
INDIANA UNIVERSITY-BACHELORS OF MUSIC (BM)
Amber Archibald-Sešek has over 15 years of experience training students at every stage of ability. While Professor of Viola at Seattle University, her studio received national recognition by the American Viola Society and were selected to perform at the AVS bi-annual conference in 2016. Her university and private studio students have been accepted to and attended prestigious schools of music and festivals such as the Rice University, Northwestern University, Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, the University of North Texas, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount, Domaine Forget, and Green Mountain Music Festival just to name a few. She is also currently on the faculty of the Burgos International Music Festival in Burgos, Spain.
Amber began her pedagogy training in 1999 while at Indiana University, studying for four years with nationally renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig. (For more on Mimi Zweig, see www.stringpedagogy.com) As part of her training, Mrs. Sešek worked with the Indiana University String Academy for 3 years as a pedagogue in training and would assist in the IU String Academy Summer Program as a a practice monitor and mentor. After Indiana, Archibald participated in the Rice Prep Program during her MM studies. In 2007, Amber opened her first private studio in Houston, Texas to much success.
After receiving her teaching position at Seattle University and moving across the country in 2008, Sešek reopened her studio in 2009 and has maintained it ever since. Together with her husband, she is committed to a standard of excellent teaching while making learning fun and engaging.