Esther Glazer, born in Chicago, was a violinist who for many years was active as a concert performer and teacher in Chicago. At age 11 she was awarded a scholarshp to DePaul University Music School where she studied with Richard Czerwonky. She was later awarded a fellowship to Juilliard where she was a student of Ivan Galamian. For two summers, Ms. Glazer was the concertmaster of the Berkshire Music Centre Orchestra at Tanglewood.
In 1950, she was the winner of the Naumburg Foundation's violin award.
Esther Glazer was married to the conductor Irwin Hoffman, and the mother of composer/pianist Joel, cellist Gary, violist Toby, and harpist Deborah.
Excerpt from The New York Times review, November 21, 1963
Violin Recital Given By Esther Glazer
Esther Glazer, a violinist of excellent taste and cultivated technique, gave a recital last night at Town Hall. She phrased neatly, used her bow arm firmly, and put together a program quite out of the ordinary...It started out promisingly, with the Ives Second Sonata, an unruly, bouncy piece that keeps resolving into surprising moments of calm. Here, Ms. Glazer and her accompanist, Frances Adaskin, were heard to best advantage. There was an openess, a directness about their performance that fit the piece." Theodore Strongin