Zachary Mowitz
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Zachary Mowitz

Zachary M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
An experienced performer and teacher, I have been teaching privately since 2014. I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and a former member of the Indianapolis Symphony. I usually work with intermediate and college students, but I have also worked with beginners.

I am currently an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and have an active performance career, which is why I now primarily teach online. My teaching philosophy relies – as it did with my own professors – in sharing my personal connection with the music and giving guidance that will both make you a more solid player technically, as well as a more capable and expressive musician.

I use the same approach, regardless of whether you are pursuing music as a career or you're doing it just for the love of it (although I do also give advice on navigating the academic and professional landscape to those who want it). My main goal at the end of the day, is to help my students find a deeper and more natural connection to the music they love. To achieve this I help them develop greater freedom and facility on their instrument while also teaching fundamental musical principles.

About Zachary M.

An experienced performer and teacher, I have been teaching privately since 2014. I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and a former member of the Indianapolis Symphony. I usually work with intermediate and college students, but I have also worked with beginners. I am currently an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and have an active performance career, which is why I now primarily teach online. I perform both in Europe and the United States, doing a little bit of everything from solo appearances, to chamber music recitals, to subbing with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra.

My teaching philosophy relies – as it did with my own professors – in sharing my personal connection with the music and giving guidance that will both make you a more solid player technically and a more capable and expressive musician. I use the same approach, regardless of whether you are pursuing music as a career or you're doing it just for the love of it. That being said, I do also give advice on navigating academic and professional landscapes to those who want it. I can help you prepare for any audition and can share my experience of applying to and participating in music programs and conservatories.

My main goal at the end of the day, is to help my students find a deeper and more natural connection to the music they love. This will always be my focus, whether I'm helping you get to the next stage in your development or preparing for an audition/recital. To achieve this I help them develop greater freedom and facility on their instrument while also instilling fundamental musical principles.

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Daniel
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When I first went to Mr. Mowitz, I hoped to improve my cello technique above all else. As a result, Mr. Mowitz prescribed me a customized list of repertoire to practice that would help me focus on technique including the Popper etudes, the Bach suites, and the Cossman exercises. However, to ensure that our lessons would not purely be technique-based, Mr. Mowitz helped me understand the musical beauty behind more lyrical pieces such as the Boccherini cello concerto or the Saint Saens cello concerto while also demonstrating the techniques we'd been practicing in application to these concertos. Mr. Mowitz never assumes a fully comprehensive understanding of cello technique and musicality even for his intermediate-advanced students (which I would have considered myself as when I started to learn from him) and thus always has something new to teach as much as he reminds his students of the importance of certain fundamentals like a relaxed body when playing. I would say with full confidence that my cello playing significantly improved under Mr. Mowitz. His teaching helped me gain access by audition to advanced musical opportunities such as performing in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and participating in the Snitzer Quartet in the Settlement Music School Advanced Study Program. These opportunities, in turn, and the musical "arts supplements" for cello that I eventually made furthermore helped me gain admission into schools including Harvard and Stanford, on what I would consider was largely a technical base taught to me by Mr. Mowitz. I truly hope that more people are able to experience the blessing of Mr. Mowitz's teaching!

Posted Jun 28, 2021
Aaron
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Zachary is a fantastic cello teacher, I would highly recommend him to students of all levels. He is incredibly patient, and his passion for music teaching and performance is very infectious. He is very good at communicating nuanced ideas, both technical and musical, and can demonstrate them with ease. It’s been a great pleasure working with him!

Posted Jun 27, 2021
Anna
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Such an insightful and caring teacher!
I learned how to better structure my practice and improved drastically over just a few lessons. A very kind person and fantastic cellist. Highly recommended!

Posted Jun 24, 2021
Eva
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Zachary is a wonderful teacher, and I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone wanting to learn the cello. He is patient, knowledgable, and he really helped me progress week to week. Not to mention he is an impressive and highly skilled player, and his demonstrations during the lessons are both helpful and a pleasure to listen to.

Posted Jun 24, 2021
Mel
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I've loved working with zachary. He's very patient and his passion for music education and artistry are unparalleled.

Posted Jun 19, 2021
Sam H.
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Would highly recommend for cello lessons! Zach is a very detailed and patient teacher and was always helpful even in answering my very elementary questions. He is also a very accomplished performer as evident from his Youtube links.

Posted Jun 14, 2021
Carol
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Zachary has given me informal cello lessons at home, as I have thought of moving from piano into a stringed instrument. I found him a generous and intelligent teacher, whose musical insights are always nuanced and instructive. I would recommend him to anyone from a beginner--as I am--to a more advanced player who wishes to refine their skills and musical sensibilities.

Posted Jun 14, 2021
Eddie
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Zachary was the perfect teacher for me! Incredibly patient and caring; it was clear he was always trying his best (and succeeding) at explaining concepts to me and how to improve upon them. Learning the cello is not easy but Zachary was wonderful at giving me step by step instruction so I felt I was truly improving every day!

Posted Jun 14, 2021
Sofia
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Mr. Mowitz is a passionate, thoughtful, and encouraging teacher. I felt that I improved so much under his guidance and he was invested not only in advancing my technical abilities, but finding a deeper musical knowledge and expression for myself with each piece I was working on with him. He is dedicated and committed to his students and I highly recommend him as a teacher!

Posted Jun 14, 2021

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Experience

Substitute Cello
Dec 2019 - Present

Philadelphia Orchestra

Artist in Residence
Sep 2019 - Present

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

Founding Member
Sep 2019 - Present

ensemble132

www.ensemble132.com

Acting Section Member
Sep 2018 - Aug 2019

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Founding Member
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019

Trio St. Bernard

Piano Trio with Brandon Garbot and Sahun Hong

Education

Cello
Sep 2020 - Present

Royal College of Music (London)

Cello
Sep 2014 - May 2018

Curtis Institute of Music

Languages

Limited Proficiency

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

First Prize, ‘Professional Instrumental’ Category
Jul 2020

World Bach Competition

Elaine Lagerstrom Memorial String Award
Jan 2019

Friends of Minnesota Orchestra Young Artists Competition

Gold Prize
May 2018

Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition

Winner, Senior Division, Albert M. Greenfield Competition
Mar 2017

Philadelphia Orchestra

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