Zachary Ragent is a violin fellow with the New World Symphony.
Originally from San Mateo, CA, Mr. Ragent now maintains an active and varied career as a performer and educator. He completed both a Master’s and Specialist’s degree in violin performance at the University of Michigan, where his mentors included Aaron Berofsky, David Halen, Yoonshin Song, Steven Shipps, and Andrew Jennings. While in Michigan, Mr. Ragent was a member of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and played regularly with the Ann Arbor and Toledo (OH) Symphonies. Complementing his orchestral endeavors, Mr. Ragent frequently gave solo and chamber music recitals in Ann Arbor and the greater community.
Prior to his time in Michigan, Mr. Ragent completed his undergraduate studies with Roy Malan at UC Santa Cruz, where he served as both concertmaster of the University Orchestra and a member of the undergraduate Resident String Quartet.
While embracing his role as a performer, Mr. Ragent is also a dedicated teacher and a firm believer that music should serve and strengthen the community around it. To this end, he maintains a private studio and has taught for el Sistema based music programs in both California and Michigan.
Mr. Ragent spends his summers performing with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI. In past summers, he has been a fellow at the Mendocino, Marrowstone, and Manchester Music Festivals, Garth Newel Music Center, National Orchestral Institute, and Chautauqua Institute. When not playing the violin, Mr. Ragent enjoys running, cooking, reading, and most anything related to the outdoors.