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Zachary Carrettin


Zachary Carrettin has performed as violinist, violist, cellist da spalla (shoulder cello), orchestral conductor, and choral conductor, in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, and has established a reputation for presenting dynamic programs that feature repertory from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries. He has collaborated with the Tokyo Quartet, the Assad Brothers, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and performed at the opening ceremonies of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Dayton Center for the Performing Arts, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He has been featured at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, at the Stavanger Festival (Norway), and in a special concert for the Sultan and Royal Family of Oman, in Muscat.

Carrettin has served as guest concertmaster and soloist with numerous baroque period instrument orchestras and has led orchestras in the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Moldova and Bolivia. He resurrected and recorded numerous eighteenth-century works in manuscript during several research trips to archives in Bergamo, Milan and Venice, and as an advocate of diversity in music, toured one-hundred cities with Yanni. Former composer-in-residence with Project Bandaloop aerial dance troupe, Carrettin’s original music performances and recordings have been heard on Late Night with David Letterman, CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, PBS, and at the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Carrettin serves as guest artist lecturer at the Center for Early Music Research and Performance at Sam Houston State University, and is guest music director of the production of Handel’s Ariodante at University of Colorado Boulder (April 2018). He serves as Artistic Director of the Boulder Bach Festival and performs as recital partner with pianist Mina Gajić.

Every musician on stage …was inspired ... an amazing range and depth of mood which was absolutely exhilarating.  - Opus Colorado
The Preludio was played freely, as though improvised, while the Fuga was unusually delicate.  - New York Times
 Carrettin rendered the famous Chaconne for solo violin in a spellbinding interpretation that was fresh and adventurous, including some improvisation but never becoming indulgent. - Daily Camera