Zachary Spontak, violin
Zachary Spontak, named Young Alaskan Artist in 2015, is an active violinist and composer. Called a "natural leader" by Casa Magazine, Zachary has collaborated in performances with Itzhak Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle, Roger Tapping, Peter Eötvös, and Desmond Hoebig, among many others. In the 2018 season, he performed in concerts that ranged across three continents, including Buenos Aires, Seattle, London, Alaska, Switzerland, Germany, New York, and Paris. A review of a concert in Dresden, Germany said he plays with “a supple tone and lively communication” (Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten). Radio and television appearances include KUAC’s “Alaska Live” and NPR’s “From the Top”, and national television in Germany, Switzerland, and Argentina.
Zachary has a passion for contemporary art music. In Autumn 2018, he was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, which premiered “Reading Malevich” by Peter Eötvös and culminated in European performances of “Gruppen” and “Inori” by Karlheinz Stockhausen. He regularly collaborates with living composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, John Corigliano, Augusta Reade Thomas, and Matthias Pintscher.
Zachary has performed in several great orchestras, including a stint in the Houston Symphony. Currently, he performs with the London Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violinist. He was concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Shepherd Chamber Orchestra, Cantata Buenos Aires, and a founding member of the conductor-less orchestra Kinetic in Houston, Texas.
Zachary engages in frequent musical outreach. From 2016-2018, he worked closely with families in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, performing and teaching in areas that lack access to live classical music. He also joins the Perlman Music Program in yearly outreach initiatives. This year’s project included a tour of elementary schools on Long Island.
Zachary is based in London, England, where he is pursuing a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, under the mentorship of Detlef Hahn. Past teachers include Paul Kantor, Roland and Almita Vamos, Gail Johansen, and Jean Krause.
Apart from classical music, Zach enjoys hiking, experimenting with jazz and Irish fiddle, and spending time with friends and family. Zachary plays a 2012 David Burgess violin, graciously loaned from the Virtu Foundation.