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Samatha Zauscher
Violin Faculty
At MIC for 9 years 6 months

Private Instruction
Academy Chamber Music

Available For

BM, Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University

Additional Studies / Recent Awards / Recordings

Naumburg International Violin Competition, 2nd prize
London International String Quartet Competition, 1st prize

Grammy Award, Nominee Recordings: Formosa Quartet From Hungary To Taiwan
Delos Records, 2019. Lei Liang. Luminous. New World Records, 2016. Formosa Quartet, Reiko Uchida. Gernsheim/Brahms Piano Quintets. Delos Productions, 2016. Shih-Hui Chen. Returning Souls. New World Records, 2013. Laura Schwendinger. High Wire Acts. Centaur Records, 2013. Trio Voce. In A New Light. Con Brio Records, 2013. Chicago Chamber Musicians. The Coming of Light. Summit Records, 2013. Trio Voce. Inscapes. Con Brio Records, 2010. Formosa Quartet. Formosa Quartet. EMI Classics, 2006.

Basic Teaching Philosophy or Special Music Interests/Specialties

I want to offer the next generation of musicians and music-enthusiasts the same inspiration, support, love, and happiness that my musical mentors have given me in my musical journey.

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Formosa Quartet, violinist
Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, adjunct faculty
NYO Canada, resident faculty
Formosa Chamber Music Festival, resident faculty

A few of my favorite things…
Most memorable musical moment?
What do you love about playing your instrument?

Favorite things: watermelon, opera, The Hobbit, seeing blossoms for the first time every spring

Memorable musical moment: when an audience member said to me after a concert, "You make me want to go on living."

What I love about playing the violin: it's like pulling your arm through a creamy river of chocolate