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Born in Rochester, New York, Don Zimmer received the Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He earned his Master's degree at Yale University, where he was awarded the Julia Loomis Havemeyer Award, the Ellen Stoeckel Award, and the Alumni Association Prize. He was first violinist of the Rymour String Quartet, which was the first established Graduate Quartet-In-residence at both institutions. During their tenure at Yale the quartet performed a debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall as a result of winning the Connecticut Young Artists Competition.

Mr. Zimmer has studied with Millard Taylor, Broadus Erle, and Syoko Aki. He has coached with the Cleveland String Quartet, the Fine Arts String Quartet, the Guarneri String Quartet, and the Tokyo String Quartet. At UTC, Professor Zimmer teaches violin, chamber music, string methods, and an introduction to music class. He served as Concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera for 34 years.

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