Margaret Zak

Margaret Zak

M. Mus
Violin, Piano
Languages: English, Polish, and Russian

Margaret is Assistant Concert Master with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, a founding member since its beginnings 18 years ago, and a principle violin with the University of Guelph Choir and chamber orchestra. Margaret has taught violin and piano to students of all ages at the Guelph School of Music since its founding in 1997. Four of Margaret’s students have won gold medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music, while seven have won silver medals.

Margaret has a Masters in the Musical Arts and Pedagogy with a specialization in the violin and piano from the University of Wroclaw, Poland. Educated as a musician and teacher, Margaret was a professional violinist and pianist in Poland and continues to be in Canada. Margaret is a former member of the acclaimed European Chamber Orchestra. During her time in Europe, Margaret successfully trained students for admission to the prestigious Warsaw University, and many of them have since become prize winners in Polish national music competitions. Over the years, Margaret has worked professionally with various orchestras in Poland, Switzerland, Germany, and Russia. She was recently a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra of Nations.

Besides music and musical education, she has traveled extensively through Europe and the Middle East during her summers, and enjoys nordic skiing during winters. Her teaching philosophy involves a living relationship of give-and-take, and of mutual support and learning. Margaret’s passion for music and dedication to teaching are an inspiration to all who know her. To Margaret, music is an amazing blend of discipline and imagination brought to life by the strings of the violin and the keys of the piano.

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