Conservatory of Music
MM, Northern Illinois University
About Paul Zafer
Paul Zafer currently serves as Concertmaster of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, as well as Guest Concertmaster of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Wisconsin and the Ars Viva String Quartet. Additionally, he is an active teacher/clinician and also holds a faculty position at North Park University.
A native Canadian, Mr. Zafer made his solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at age 14. He received an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.
He has appeared as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, Andre Segovia Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera and the National Ballet of Canada. He also has appeared in many Broadway shows in Chicago.
Mr. Zafer credits his artistic influences to the following teachers: his father, David Zafer, Jose-Luis Garcia, Steven Staryk, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Richard Young. His further studies included coaching sessions with Pinchas Zukerman, James Buswell, Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Orford and Vermeer String Quartets.
He has coached students at DePaul University, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Stanford University, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and the University of Toronto. He has also taught at music camps including Birch Creek Music Center (WI) and the Courtenay Youth Music Centre (B.C.).