Peter Slowik

  • Professor of Viola
  • Director, Division of Strings

Areas of Study


  • BM, New England Conservatory Music, 1979
  • MM, Eastman School of Music, 1981


Profiled by the Strad magazine as “a man of limitless energy and purpose—he mentors high achievers who make their mark in top positions the world over,” Peter Slowik is in high demand as an artist-teacher. He has been a featured performer and teacher at six International Viola Congresses and has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, deutsche harmonia mundi/BMG, American Grammophone, Erato, and Cedille labels.

An active chamber musician, Slowik has performed with William Preucil, Anner Bylsma, and Leonard Rose; the Mirecourt Trio, the Jasper, Saint Petersburg, and Vermeer Quartets; the Smithsonian Chamber Players; and members of the Cleveland, Chester, Orford, and Smithson Quartets. Past orchestral associations include service as principal violist of the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, and the American Sinfonietta. Master-class appearances have taken him to Australia, New Zealand, China, Europe, Canada, and major conservatories across the U.S.

Past teaching posts include Northwestern University, Indiana University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.

Slowik's viola students have won first prize in numerous competitions, including the ASTA National Solo Competition, the Johannsen International Competition, the Ohio and Chicago Viola Society Solo Competitions, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They perform in such major American orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony, and in university appointments throughout the country.

In addition to his role on the Oberlin faculty, Slowik serves as artistic director for the chamber music program Credo.

Slowik has been named to the highest teaching awards at both Oberlin, Teaching Excellence Award in 2009;  and Northwestern, the McCormick Professorship for Teaching Excellence in 1999.

In 2002, Slowik received the Maurice Riley Viola Award from the American Viola Society for “outstanding teaching, scholarship, and performance.”


Oberlin viola faculty present at 2019 ASTA conference

March 5, 2019

Conservatory faculty violists Peter Slowik and Kirsten Docter represented Oberlin's String Department and led master classes at the 2019 American String Teachers Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 8 and 9. Professor Slowik taught the viola collegiate master class, while Professor Docter coached the chamber music master class.