Emma Noël Votapek joined Symphony Silicon Valley in the 2015-16 season. Locally, she performs with the San Francisco Symphony and is a member of the Oakland Symphony. She also regularly appears as guest principal with the Fresno Philharmonic and has held a title position with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she was the Assistant Principal 2nd violin of the Tucson Symphony for five seasons, and she continues her position as principal 2nd Violin of the GRAMMY-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra. Emma began her orchestral career as a 1st violinist in the Honolulu (now Hawaii) Symphony, a group she has performed with since 2004.
An active chamber musician, Emma has performed locally with Ensemble San Francisco and in the Music in May and Silicon Valley Music Festivals, and she spent four seasons as the violist of the Kingfisher String Quartet.
In addition to performing, Emma has over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching chamber music, most recently at the Sierra Academy of Music, and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona. She has also taught at the Punahou School (Honolulu) and the St. Joseph’s School of Music (St. Paul, MN). During the summer, she performs in the Britt Festival and the Unbound Chamber Music Festival.
Emma received a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Jorja Fleezanis. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University as a student of Sergiu Luca, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics.