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Christian Zamora

Christian Zamora

Christian Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. As a child, his family moved to the United States where he experienced a multicultural upbringing. Zamora began studying the violin at the early age of nine within the public school system. At age 13, he studied with violinist, Paul Hatton. By the age of 18, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin in order to study with one of Hatton’s former teachers, the renown violinist and pedagogue Vartan Manoogian. He has held the title of concertmaster for the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony, the Kansas City Puccini Festival Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Opera, and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the Yurodivy String Quartet and served as a faculty member for the Kansas City String Quartet Seminar. Zamora assisted in the formation of the Accende Ensemble, a Chicago based chamber music collective. The mission of the Accende Ensemble is to advance the work of living composers, while maintaining a sense of social consciousness. In 2005, he performed with the Mandragora Tango Ensemble in the Jeune Lune Theatre production of Astor Piazzolla’s opera, “Maria de Buenos Aires.” He was a founding member of Charanga Tropical, a Cuban music collective that is devoted to the performance of Cuba’s Classical Music. Of his current endeavors, Zamora performs as associate concertmaster of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and is a teacher for the Avera Family Wellness Program. Zamora currently resides in Sioux Falls with his wife Kelly, and their three children; Eli Paavo, Isabella Medea, and Luca Declan.