Violinist Peter Zazofsky enjoys a wide ranging career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. I addition to worldwide tours with the Muir String Quartet, Zazofsky serves as Professor of Violin and Coordinator of String Chamber Music at the Boston University School of Music. He also directs the the String Quartet Workshop at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
As soloist, Mr. Zazofsky has performed with the many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, which also featured him on tour in Hong Kong and Taipei. He has toured the U.S., as soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra; Germany, with the Bamberg Symphony; and Israel, with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. His collaborations with legendary maestros- Ormandy, Ozawa, Kurt Sanderling, Tennstedt, Zinman, Dutoit and others, brought acclaim for his distinctive interpretations of classical, romantic and 20th Century concerti. Several of these live performances, from Berlin, Brussels and Madrid, were subsequently released on CD. Additionally, his studio discography of shorter works, sonatas and chamber works is increasingly found on YouTube.
A native Bostonian, Peter Zazofsky studied with Joseph Silverstein before attending the Juilliard Pre-College under Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian. He continued at the Curtis Institute, with Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt, and the Marlboro Festival, where his mentors included Rudolph Serkin, Felix Galimir and Sandor Vegh. Beginning in 1977, Zazofsky won a series prizes and awards: the ’77 Leventritt Award; National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award; 3rd Prize of the Wieniawski Competition in Poland; 1st Prize of the 1979 Montreal International Competition; 2nd Prize at the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium; the 1985 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
In addition to his teaching at Boston University, Mr. Zazofsky gives masterclasses throughout the U.S. and abroad. He also serves as adjudicator at international violin competitions in Montreal, Brussels, Denmark, and most recently, Poland.