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Zachary Carrettin

Zachary Carrettin has performed as solo violinist, baroque violinist, electric violinist, violist, orchestral conductor, and choral conductor, in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, and has established a reputation for presenting dynamic and diverse programs which feature repertory from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.
He has collaborated with the Tokyo Quartet, the Assad Brothers, the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and has performed for the opening ceremonies of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Dayton Center for the Performing Arts, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. He has performed at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Zurich’s Tonhalle, the Grieghallen in Bergen, at the Stavanger Festival, and in a private concert for the Sultan and Royal Family of Oman, in Muscat.
Carrettin has served as concertmaster of numerous baroque period instrument ensembles, including the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s recently rediscovered opera Motezuma, (Musica Angelica), the Grammy-nominated recording of Hasse’s Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra, (Ars Lyrica), critically-acclaimed recording of baroque music from the New World, Villancicos e Cantidas, (El Mundo) and the video-documented tour of the California mission churches, Mission Road, with renowned choir, Chanticleer. He has conducted professional symphony orchestras in the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Moldavia and Bolivia.
An advocate of diversity in music, Carrettin toured one-hundred cities with Yanni and shared the stage with Ray Charles, the Black Crowes, Cake, Joan Jett and many others at festivals internationally, as electric violin soloist with Project Bandaloop aerial dance troupe.
Carrettin has resurrected and recorded numerous eighteenth-century works in manuscript during several visits to archives in Bergamo, Milan and Venice, in collaboration with violinist Kenneth Goldsmith and pianist Jo Anne Ritacca. Additionally, he conducted the first known performance of Giuseppe Antonio Capuzzi’s ballet music at the Rice University Capuzzi Festival 2005, and conducted the first recording of Bolivian composer Gustavo Navarre’s Sinfonía.
He completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, an additional Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pursued studies in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Rice University, and served as conducting assistant to Maestro Dumitru Goia at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. He is the former Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University and the University of St. Thomas, and has taught master classes in violin, viola, conducting and baroque style, at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, The University of Colorado-Boulder, The National Conservatory of Music in La Paz, Bolivia, and the Texas Music Festival. Additionally, he has performed and offered topic-driven presentations for Toyota, General Motors, Meyer Sound, Gore-Tex, and IBM.
Zachary Carrettin is currently the Artistic Director of the Boulder Bach Festival, which is celebrating its 35th season this year.