Organization: Eastman School of Music
Instrument / Position: Cello/Graduate Student
Bio: Zachary Preucil is currently pursuing his M.M. in Cello Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where he is also a candidate in the Arts Leadership Certificate program. He received his B.M. with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in May 2012. Zachary's primary teachers have been David Ying, Yeesun Kim and Walter Preucil. He has also studied at many summer festivals and institutes, including the National Summer Cello Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; the Aspen Music Festival; the Castleman Quartet Programs; Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival; the Interlochen Arts Academy; and the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute. Additionally, he has performed with the Midsummer's Music Festival since their 2011 season. He has played in solo masterclasses for Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Thomas Landschoot, Anne Martindale Williams, and Steven Doane, and has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo and Ying Quartets.
Zachary's musical achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, including the New England Conservatory Merit Scholarship, the National School Orchestra Award, Interlochen Arts Academy’s Fine Arts Award, and a Special Achievement Award from the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute. In 2008, he won first prize in the Chicago Federation of Musicians' Scholarship Competition and received a youth membership. Zachary is also active as a teacher in the Rochester, New York area, holding a teaching assistantship at Eastman and serving on the faculty of the Kanack School of Music in Brighton.
As a writer, Zachary has served as a co-editor of "The Penguin", New England Conservatory's student-run newspaper, and has blogged for Polyphonic OnCampus since 2012. Recently, his work has also been featured on the Chicago Cello Society blog and the Huffington Post Arts blog.