Michel Boris Zaitzeff
French born violinist, Michel Boris ZAITZEFF studied with illustrious professors such as Liev ZAITZEFF, Josef GINGOLD, Ivan GALAMIAN, FrancoGULLI and Tadeusz WRONSKI. His chamber music studies were with Daniel GUILET, Menahem PRESSLER, Gyorgy SEBOK and Janos STARKER, at IndianaUniversity where he received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music.

Professionally, Michel Boris ZAITZEFF was a founding member of the Hamilton String Quartet and a member of various Canadian orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the C.B.C.Radio Orchestra as Assistant
Concertmaster and Concertmaster. As well, he has toured with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
As a soloist, he has performed with Canadian and French orchestras and has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, Italy, Germany and France. Michel Boris ZAITZEFF has been professor of violin in various universities and conservatories in Canada and France. He is now professor of violin at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Roubaix (France) and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen (Germany). As well, he is a regular Visiting Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He is also a jury member of Canadian, American and French competitions and gives masterclasses in Canada, the U.S.A., Germany, Sweden and France.  Among his activities, he is the founder and director of the Loyola International Violin Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a musical humanitarian, ZAITZEFF also regularly works to introduce music to children in cities and villages in Haiti.


Professor Thomas Lindsay

Thomas Lindsay, whose students have populated this country’s finest universities, conservatories and summer festivals for many years, became a member of the applied music faculty at VCU after serving nearly 36 years as a respected violinist with the Dallas and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras. He has also served as violin and chamber music professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Morris College in New Jersey, and the Philadelphia Musical Academy. Mr. Lindsay’s work on “The Art and Science of String Performance” (pub. Alfred) has made him the leading authority on the works of Samuel Applebaum world-wide.

During his career, Mr. Lindsay has been first violinist of the Paganiniana String Quartet and the Berlin String Quartet. He has served as concertmaster of the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphonette, and the New Jersey Chamber Symphony. He has taught students of all ages, coached young professionals for orchestra auditions, conducted master classes in many States, Canada, and Europe at numerous colleges, including Yale University, and has presented workshops for the American String Teachers’ Association, MTNA, Ontario Music Educators, among other organizations.

Mr. Lindsay is founder of the Cherry Hill Philharmonic, the New Jersey Youth Symphony in conjunction with the NJSO, the South Jersey Youth Orchestra, and the International FAME Festival.   He has served as president of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Board of Directors and artistic adviser to three conductors of the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Recently, Mr. Lindsay has served as Concertmaster of Symphonicity (the official orchestra of Virginia Beach), the Millennium Symphony (recordings for ERM and Sony), and as Director of Chamber Music for the Philadelphia International Music Festival. He continues to perform as a chamber musician and soloist. Mr. Lindsay is a member of the Virginia Arts Festival committee, serving as program chairman for the Williamsburg division.