I am a violinist and violist with experience performing and studying all over the world. I am a trained classical musician, but I also have a passion for improvisation, hip hop, pop, jazz, and fiddle music! My strengths lie in building students' technical foundation while helping them find their artistic voice.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2009
Master of Music Performance in Viola
Teaches ages 5+
Speaks English, German, Dutch
Has background check
I am an adult violist who returned to playing in the local community orchestra a few years ago. I had played in high school and college ensembles decades before but had stopped playing for a while. I reached out to Zachary to improve my "technique". What I actually received was much more. Working with Zachary immensely improved my viola sound, heightened my range, and improved both my right and left hand techniques. But it also penetrated to something deeper; a holistic approach to playing that integrated these disparate elements into effective playing. In addition, I took away a method of how to formulate, practice and express a truly "musical" interpretation of the repertoire that we worked on together. Zachary is an approachable, warm, caring, and observant teacher and an effective communicator and demonstrator. I would recommend him wholeheartedly as a teacher for any aspiring student!
Zachary is astute, professional, clear in communication, and a compassionate and effective teacher. I have had violin, cello, and viola instructors for my children for 15 years, and Zachary is among the best. There are a few things you look for in an instructor: 1. That they make an honest assessment. 2. That they make a plan, communicate it to the student, and stick to it. 3. That they work with what the student brings to the lesson in terms of skill. Zachary took my daughter in quickly, was able to assess where she was and put together an effective plan for her. I noticed the improvement immediately and my daughter was inspired to practice. Highly recommended.
I decided that I wanted to learn how to play an instrument much later in life than most. On top of the late start, I knew little to nothing about music. All of these factors discouraged me for a long time and some teachers I've tried added to that anxiety. One day I came across Zachary's profile and decided to give it one more chance , little did I know it would be one of the single greatest decisions I've ever made for myself. Coming to the table with as little knowledge as I had, including not being a young kid, was not a problem at all for Zachary. He has an ease about him when he teaches and is always patient and kind. Never once did he talk down to me or make me feel like something was impossible. If you have a chance to have him as your teacher, you will not regret it. Let him help you learn, improve, and bring out the very best in you like he did with me.