Pianist Jeffrey Panko is a musician with repertoire from Bach to the present. After receiving performance degrees from Oberlin and DePaul (studying with Dmitry Paperno), he has had scholarships to Tanglewood and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He has also earned top prizes in competitions including the Society of American Musicians’ Piano Competition (Chicago) and the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition (New York).
Following a concert tour of Poland where the United States honored him with the title of Cultural Ambassador, the City of Chicago presented Mr. Panko in a Chopin recital for the visiting Lech Walesa. He has also been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Lincoln Center Library, WQXR in New York City, and WFMT in Chicago. He once appeared at Symphony Center playing the music of Steven Sondheim for Mr. Sondheim.
Mr. Panko has appeared as soloist with orchestras as well as accompanist/collaborator for such internationally acclaimed artists as Denyce Graves, Christopher Robertson, Mary Stolper, and Natalie Mann. He has also served as accompanist and master class pianist for Dalton Baldwin, Mathieu Dufour, Judith Haddon, Donald Peck, Ned Rorem, Allan Stone, and Giorgio Tozzi. Most recently he participated in the WFMT Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle and gave his 3rd appearance in Carnegie Hall in February 2011 as collaborative pianist and soloist with soprano Natalie Mann.
For nearly twelve years Panko served as Musical Director for the Primavera Singers. Currently he serves as Minister of Music and as Artistic Director of the Music at Bethel Concert Series for Bethel United Church of Christ in Elmhurst, Illinois, and is a member of the Chicago based contemporary music group MAVerick Ensemble.