Zachary Preucil


Zachary Preucil

Zachary Preucil is a senior cellist at the New England Conservatory, where he is a student of Yeesun Kim. His past teachers have included Walter Preucil, Daniel Morganstern, and Steven Doane. Additionally, Zachary has been a student at many summer festivals and institutes, such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Castleman Quartet Programs, Bowdoin International Summer Music Festival, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Hartwick College Summer Music Festival and Institute. In June and July 2011, he performed as a member of the Midsummer's Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. He has participated in solo masterclasses and residencies with Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Anne Martindale Williams, and Steven Doane, and has studied chamber music with members of the Ying and Borromeo Quartets. Zachary has served as principal and assistant principal cello of several orchestras, including the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra, the Hartwick College Festival Orchestra, the IMEA District 7 Festival Orchestra, the District 211 Honors Orchestra, and the Conant High School Symphony. He has also been a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony and the World Youth Symphony, and received consecutive selections to Illinois All-State Orchestras. His achievements have been recognized by numerous awards, including the National School Orchestra Association's Orchestra Student of the Year 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 into the organization. Outside of his life in music, Zachary is actively involved with The Penguin, New England Conservatory's student-run newspaper. He became a co-editor in May 2010 and was invited to speak at NEC's Convocation in September 2010. His writing, on music and other topics, has also been published in Hear Here, NEC's Liberal Arts Journal; NEC's Entrepreneurial Musicianship Blog; the Midsummer's Music Festival Blog; and the Door Peninsula Voice.