Zachary Mowitz, cello

A native of Princeton, NJ, Zachary Mowitz made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in July, 2018 as winner of the Greenfield Competition. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2019, 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 played in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra as Guest Principal Cello. He will be performing at the Marlboro Music Festival in 2021.

Having played with artists such as Donald Weilerstein, Hsin-Yun Huang, Robert McDonald, Ida Kavafian, and Roberto Diaz, Zachary has an intense passion for chamber music. He has performed for series and festivals such as Gstaad Menuhin Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program, and Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Zachary also performed on the Curtis Institute of Music’s first major European chamber music tour in 2016. As a member of Trio St. Bernard, he was awarded Gold Prize at 2018 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, and in 2019 he co-founded the chamber music collective ensemble132.

Zachary has dedicated considerable time and energy to community engagement projects such as organizing a benefit concert for immigrant families in partnership with ACLU and the Shut Down Berks Campaign, and a Curtis Community Artist Project bringing music arrangement workshops to community institutions throughout Philadelphia. Recently, he presented a series of interactive recitals named Suite Talk, featuring newly commissioned works for solo cello while exploring the cello’s journey through time and the many ways its story can enhance audiences’ experience of music, new and old.

Zachary is a recipient of the Belgian American Education Foundation’s generous Fellowship for Graduate Study.

Since September 2019, he is an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, under the tutelage of Gary Hoffman.