Ferenc Cseszkó is currently Associate Professor of Violin/Viola and Director of the Orchestra Program at the Lionel Hampton School of Music of University of Idaho, as well as Concertmaster of the Washington Idaho Symphony Orchestra. His previous teaching positions include the Universidad Juan N. Corpas (Bogotá, Colombia), Fort Hays State University (Kansas), and Beloit College (Wisconsin).
Born in Yugoslavia to Hungarian parents, Dr. Cseszkó received an Artist/Teaching Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance (minor in Instrumental Conducting) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
As a soloist or chamber musician, Cseszkó performed recitals in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Mexico and Colombia. His teachers included Tyrone Greive, János Pallagi, Sándor Devich, Peter Lissauer and Eszter Perényi (violin and chamber music), and David E. Becker (orchestral conducting). In addition, Dr. Cseszkó performed in masterclasses given by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sidney Harth, Michael Tree, Lóránd Fenyves, György Pauk, Elmar Oliviera and Endre Wolf.
As an orchestra musician, Ferenc Cseszkó performed with the Spokane Symphony (WA), Walla Walla Symphony (WA), Wichita Grand Opera (KS), Madison Symphony (WI), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, as well as the Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary).
As an orchestra conductor and clinician, Dr. Cseszkó frequently leads festival, university, and other orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, he guest conducted the National Chiayi University Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad Juan N. Corpas (Colombia), and the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra on subscription concerts.
Currently Ferenc Cseszkó resides in Clarkston Heights, WA, with his wife, Marcella, and their two children.