Born in New York, Amy Zakar is a violinist of Hungarian/Transylvanian/Jewish descent. Amy played her first Catskills-Yiddish revue at age 8. She went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, Princeton University, and Westminster Choir College, as well as KlezKanada and KlezKamp. A versatile performer who has shared the stage with world-acclaimed klezmorim, Amy performs with the New York Fidl Kapelye and The Klez Dispensers. Amy teaches students and ensembles of all ages at workshops, festivals, and lessons. Her compositions, arrangements, improvisations, and musical sensitivity have landed her the coveted vote of confidence from Pete Sokolow. A former KlezKanada scholarship recipient and fellow, Amy first joined KlezKanada’s faculty in 2006.