Annapolis Chamber Music Festival

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Zachary Hobin, double bass

Zachary Hobin is an exciting young double bassist with wide-ranging musical passions. Currently based out of Raleigh, NC, he is a frequent performer of orchestral, chamber, Baroque and 20th/21st century repertoire, as well as jazz, rock, and other styles.  Praised as a passionate, accurate player, Zachary is working hard to negotiate the space between popular and “high” culture as well as between the concert hall and the greater world.

Zachary has taken on performances and many settings and genres with great success. As an orchestral bassist, he has recently appeared with the Riverside Symphony and New York Symphonic Ensemble as principal bass and the North Carolina Symphony and Charleston Symphony as section bass. As a chamber musician, Zachary performs with the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, a group he founded and runs. Zachary has loved playing new music since his undergraduate days and has performed with groups such as New York's Argento Ensemble and in solo and group recitals around the world.

One of Zachary's passions is to spread the joy of music to those who wish to learn more about it. He has been lucky to have the opportunity to teach in many settings, from the college lecture hall to community music schools in Ecuador and Bolivia. In addition to teaching privately and in master classes, Zachary coaches chamber music and leads group improvisation workshops. Currently he maintains a private studio in Raleigh, NC.

Zachary has toured with various groups in Japan, China, Singapore, and on both coasts.  He has worked with musicians such as John Zorn, Kaija Saariaho, Colin Carr, Branford Marsalis, Jeffery Milarsky, George Manahan, Claire Chase, and the JACK Quartet, Works by composers Huang Ruo, Mark Gustavson, Tomek Regulski, Daniel Silliman, Will Mason, and Aaron Helgeson are among those that Zachary has premiered.  Zachary is a veteran of the Chautauqua, Hot Springs and Bowdoin International music festivals.  Teachers include Kurt Muroki, Thomas Sperl, Rachel Calin, Peter Dominguez, Kate Nettleman, as well as Kevin Mauldin, Curtis Burris, Paul Ellison, Peter Lloyd, Alex Hanna and Peter Slowik. 

Zachary recently received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in double bass performance. He also holds a Masters from Stony Brook and a bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Zachary performs on an 1880 August Gemunder double bass and a P.W. Bryant French bow.