Margaret Batjer has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Ivan Galamian and David Cerone, and is now renowned as a violin soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since her début with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1974, she has performed with leading orchestras from around the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, St Louis and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She was a longtime participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as many other festivals in the USA and throughout Europe. Batjer has performed with such luminaries as Maurizio Pollini, Yo-Yo Ma, Salvatore Accardo, Hilary Hahn, Jeffrey Kahane, Radu Lupu, Peter Serkin and Chris Thile. She has recorded extensively for the Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BMG labels.
Drawing on her affinity for chamber music she has curated two chamber music series in Los Angeles: Westside Connections and In Focus, under the umbrella of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She serves on the violin faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School.