25 year-old Cristian Zimmerman is quickly developing a successful and multi-faceted career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo violinist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to British parents, he was immediately drawn to music due to his father’s work as an orchestral conductor. After a move to Hartford, Connecticut, Cristian began his studies in violin with renowned pedagogue Teri Einfeldt at the age of 5, and in 2012 enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Updegraff and Jan Sloman. In 2018, Cristian attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Alexander Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and current concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Zimmerman has performed with such ensembles as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic, Akron Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the Canton Symphony, where he was appointed as concertmaster in 2017. He has attended prestigious orchestral music festivals including the Verbier Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Academy of the West. As a chamber musician, he has taken part in both the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Intensive Quartet Seminar and the Music Academy of the West’s String Quartet Seminar, and as a soloist has performed with the Fargo-Moorehead Symphony Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra. Through these experiences, Mr. Zimmerman has collaborated with many of the world’s leading classical musicians, including Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Manfred Honeck, Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, Stephane Deneve, Edo de Waart, Gerhardt Zimmermann, Renee Fleming, Jeremy Denk, Caroline Shaw, Matthew Aucoin, Glenn Dicterow, Pamela Frank, The Takacs Quartet, and The Cavani Quartet.