Deborah Pate and John Forrest Chair
San Diego Symphony

Violinist Jeff Thayer holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony. Mr. Thayer is also one of the founding members of the chamber music ensemble, Camera Lucida, which performs throughout the year in the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus. He dedicated fourteen summers to the Music Academy of the West where he served as concertmaster and violin faculty member. Other festivals include Ernen Muskidorf, the Tibor Varga Festival, Amelia Island, Mainly Mozart, La Jolla Summerfest, The Grand Teton Music Festival, The Pierre Monteux Institute and the Astoria Music Festival. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. His teachers include William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin and Dorothy DeLay. A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Mr. Thayer began violin lessons with his mother at the age of three. He has appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux School Festival Orchestra, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Orchestra of Cordoba, Spain, among others.  

Through the generosity of Joan and Irwin Jacobs and the Jacobs' Family Trust, the "Sir Bagshawe" Stradivarius dated 1708, is on loan to the San Diego Symphony for use by its concertmaster, Jeff Thayer. 

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys the outdoors, cooking, eating, good friends and his four chickens roaming around his yard in Hillcrest.

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