Born and reared in Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, Frederick Wilchek began his study of guitar with Dick Lurie, a well known Cleveland instructor. Mr. Wilchek, inspired by the Beatles, also joined a number of bands in high school and played extensively throughout the region. After a summer graduation trip to Spain where he studied guitar with Miguel Rubio, Mr. Wilchek continued his study of classical guitar at American University under the tutelage of John Marlow. Completing his Bachelor of Music degree (classical guitar performance) in 1971, Mr. Wilchek began his long career as a guitar instructor, teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bowie State College, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Community College of Baltimore. Mr. Wilchek earned his Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, Maryland) in 1978 where he was the second student ever accepted to the new performance program in classical guitar. At Peabody his primary guitar instructor was the highly regarded Aaron Shearer, author of numerous guitar instruction books. In addition to teaching at the university level, Mr. Wilchek taught all styles of guitar from classical to rock and jazz at the Washington Conservatory of Music for twenty-three years and continues to teach privately at his own studio, the Wilchek Guitar studio.
Along with his extensive teaching background, Mr. Wilchek has been performing a diverse repertoire of music throughout the Washington, D.C. area for over forty years. He has appeared extensively as a solo recitalist at area churches and colleges and with many ensembles, including the American Camarata of New Music, the Galliard Duo, Wind/String Duo and the Dupont Circle Consortium.