Emma Jezek was born in Adelaide and at the age of eight began violin studies with Alita Larsens and Beryl Kimber. She received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree with First Class Honours from the Elder Conservatorium in 1992. She then studied in the United States with Franco Gulli at Indiana University Bloomington and Isaac Malkin at State University of New York.
She was a member of the Melbourne Symphony from 1995 to 1997, and in 1998 took up the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, where she has also acted as Principal 2nd Violin. She has a keen interest in chamber music and performs regularly in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music concerts at the Sydney Opera House Utzon Room and St James’ King Street. She also plays with the Australian World Orchestra.
In 2010, she took a sabbatical from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and moved to Vienna. While there, she performed with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Klangforum Wien, Austria’s premier contemporary music ensemble, before returning to her position in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
She has twice received the Sydney Symphony Friends Scholarship, enabling her to study with David Takeno in London and Boris Belkin at Academy Chigiana in Siena, Italy.