Zachary Sweet is currently instructor of cello at Binghamton, Mansfield and Colgate Universities, on faculty at Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca, and artistic director of Ithaca Free Concerts in Ithaca, NY.
As a performer, Zachary has performed extensively throughout the Tri-State area. Venues have included the War Memorial in Syracuse, Steadman Theatre at Mansfield University, Shewan Recital Hall at Roberts Wesleyan College, Gibson Hall at Elmira College, Bristol Hall at Westminster Choir College, the Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY, Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, Kiplinger Theatre at Cornell University, and the “Nassau at Six” recital series in Princeton, NJ. He has had the honor of performing with artists such as Sharon Sweet, J.J. Penna, Phyllis Lehrer, Siu-Yan Luk, Yin-Min Chang, Liz Shuhan, Patrice Pastore, Leanne Darling, Kirstin Marshall, Nancy Boston, Elizabeth Simkin and the late Erik Friedman. The 2015-16 season will include his debut appearance with Mobius ensemble, and three performances with ithaca Free concerts.
Currently, Zachary is principal of Colgate University Orchestra and plays regularly with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and Tri-Cities Opera. From 2001-2003, Zachary held the Talented Students in the Arts Initiative Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, where he acted as mentor to the Concert and Symphonic orchestras while playing with the Festival Orchestra under the batons of David Zinman and James Conlon.
Zachary completed his Master’s in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2006. During his studies there, he became a member of the Eastman Chamber Society, was Principal of Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and Eastman Opera Orchestra, and studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, Elinore Freer, Dr. Jean Barr, Richard Kilmer, and Dr. Kenneth Grant; his principal instructors have been Alan Harris, Kathy Kemp and Carol Vizzini.
Zachary plays the 2001 “Willow Cello” by Jim McKean and a 1999 Bow by Ron Forrester.