Zofia Glashauser joined the KSO for the 2016-17 season. She is currently the Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Zofia is also a very active chamber musician, playing violin with the acclaimed Michigan City Chamber Music Festival and the South Bend Symphony String Quintet.
Ms. Glashauser was born in the beautiful and historically rich city of Krakow, Poland. Upon her arrival in America, she was immediately accepted into the studio of renowned pedagogue Renata Knific at Western Michigan University. While there, Zofia was both a winner of the 2001 concerto competition and a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She then continued her studies at Northwestern University for a Master's degree in the acclaimed combined studio of Roland and Almita Vamos.
Zofia is also an avid soloist, having performed with various orchestras on violin concertos by Tchaikovsky, Vieuxtemps, and Mozart, as well as “brilliante” works by Wieniawski, Sarasate and Kreisler. These performances were lauded by audience and critics alike. Her playing is often characterized as having a sublime, yet fiery passion and a fine, crystalline technique.
Zofia has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Lira Orchestra of Chicago. With these and other orchestras, she has worked under conductors Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, and Sir Neville Mariner.
Zofia lives in Elkhart, IN, where she keeps an active and thriving private teaching studio. She teaches violin students at the University of Notre Dame and coaches the South Bend Youth Symphony and the Mentoring Project of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. She enjoys many activities, including cooking, reading, and especially running, having participated in numerous races. Zofia loves sharing these interests with her husband Jason and their three beautiful children, Simon, Gabriela, and Susannah.