A Lubbock native, violinist Zachary Saathoff was a student of Stephanie Ezerman and John Gilbert before moving to Minneapolis at the age of 16 to begin his Bachelor’s degree with Sally O’Reilly at the University of Minnesota. During his time as an undergraduate, Mr. Saathoff participated in numerous local and national competitions, winning the Thursday Musical Scholarship Competition, placing third at the national level of the MTNA Young Artists Competition, and competing as a finalist in many others. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in 2009, Zachary was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to continue his studies with Yair Kless at the Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria, thus becoming the youngest grantee in the program’s history to study music performance. After two years in Graz, he returned to the Twin Cities where he continues to study and perform, and was recently married. Zachary is the current Concertmaster of the LSO.