A native of Princeton, NJ, Zachary Mowitz made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in July, 2018. He recently graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley and served as principal cello of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. During the 2018/19 season, Zachary performed as a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and appeared as Guest Principal Cello for the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. This fall he begins his studies with Gary Hoffman as an artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
Having played with artists such as Robert McDonald, Ida Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Hsin-Yun Huang, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Tara Helen O’Connor, and Roberto Diaz, Zachary has an intense passion for chamber music. In 2015 he co-founded Trio St. Bernard, which was awarded Gold Prize at 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition. He has also performed for series and festivals such as Gstaad Menuhin Festival String Academy, IMS Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, and Music from Angel Fire.
He has performed along the East Coast, visiting halls such as the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall and Perelman Hall, Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University’s Miller Theater, and Johns Hopkins’ Shriver Hall. He has also toured extensively in Europe playing in halls such as both halls in the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music, Vienna Konzerthaus, Helsinki Music Centre, and London’s Cadogan Hall. One of these trips included the Curtis Institute’s first major European chamber music tour in 2016 through Spain and Germany.
As a recipient of a 2017 Community Artist Project (CAP) grant from the Curtis Institute, Zachary piloted a program bringing joint presentations of interactive workshops on music arrangement with formal recitals throughout to community venues throughout Philadelphia including the Free Library of Philadelphia and Settlement Music School. As an invested proponent of expanding the impact and dissolving the boundaries around classical music, Zachary has dedicated much time to outreach projects, bringing quality, meaningful performances to audiences without proper access and in the service of humanitarian causes . These include a recent benefit concert for immigrant families at International House Philadelphia in September, 2018 with musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Daedalus Quartet, and Curtis Institute; as well as extensive touring to schools throughout New Mexico with Music From Angelfire, a residency at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE, and song-writing workshops at Philadelphia's Project HOME, among others.
He is also currently working with composer Nick DiBerardino to present a series of lecture-recitals called SUITE TALK featuring two new works for solo cello as part of an exploration of the cello's journey through time and the many ways its history can illuminate our hearing of music, past and present. In the spring of 2019 they brought SUITE TALK to a diverse assortment of locations, from a Yoga studio to a three-part series at the Free Library.
In his spare hours Zach enjoys reading and free-writing, and finding the best coffee roaster and Ethiopian restaurant for every city he plays in!