Violinist Peter Zazofsky has enjoyed a richly varied career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. He has given solo performances with many of the great orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, including the Boston Symphony (Boston and Tanglewood); the Berlin Philharmonic; the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra; Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, which also featured him on tour in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He received acclaim for his distinctive interpretations of classic, romantic and 20th century concerti, in collaboration with maestros Tennstedt, Kurt Sanderling, Ozawa, Ormandy, Dutoit and Zinman, among others.
Mr. Zazofsky is first violinist of the Muir String Quartet, in residence at the Boston University School of Music, and he serves that institution as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music. He is also Director of the BUTI String Quartet Workshop, and he teaches at the NEC Preparatory School.
Born and raised in the Boston area, Zazofsky studied with Joseph Silverstein before attending Juilliard Prep with Dorothy Delay. He then studied at the Curtis Institute, under Ivan Galamian and Jaime Laredo, and spent five summers at Marlboro, where his mentors included Rudolf Serkin, Felix Galimir and Sandor Vegh. (He also did several Music From Marlboro Tours, one with Kim Kashkashian.)
Shortly thereafter, Zazofsky won a series of prizes and awards, including the 1977 Wieniawski Competition, the 1979 Montreal Competition, and the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Contest in Brussels. Since then, he has occasionally served as adjudicator for those events.