Zachary Carrettín

MUSIC DIRECTOR

photo credit: Courtney Huffman

ZACHARY CARRETTÍN has performed as orchestral and choral conductor, violinist, violist, and cellist da spalla in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, and has established a reputation for presenting thoughtful, dynamic and diverse programs which feature repertory from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries. He performed as soloist at the opening ceremonies of the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Dayton Center for the Performing Arts, the Museo del’ Arte Rovereto-Trentino (Italy), and was featured at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts Face of America Series, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, at the Stavanger Festival (Norway), and in a private concert for the Sultan and Royal Family of Oman, in Muscat, in the capacity of Music Director of Project Bandaloop(1999-2004). He has since conducted orchestras across the United States, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Moldova and BoliviaHe conducted the first recording of Bolivian composer Gustavo Navarre’s Sinfonía, and conducted the first known performance of Capuzzi’s ballet music, L’Impostore punitoCarrettín has performed and recorded numerous works in manuscript following several research trips to archives in Bergamo, Milan and Venice.  

 

In the field of historically inspired period instrument performance, Carrettín appeared several times as concerto soloist with the American Bach Soloists, and as guest concertmaster and soloist with numerous baroque period instrument ensembles including the GRAMMY-nominated recording of Hasse’s Marc’ Antonio e Cleopatra with  Ars Lyrica Houston, the U.S. premiere of Vivaldi’s rediscovered opera Montezuma with Musica Angelica and  Long Beach Opera, critically-acclaimed recording of baroque chamber music from the New World Villancicos y Cantidas with El Mundo, and several productions of opera, oratorio, and instrumental music with American Bach Soloists. He toured internationally performing Mexican baroque instrumental and vocal chamber music with the ensemble El Mundo, and toured the California mission churches performing baroque music of the New World with renowned choir, Chanticleer. Carrettín’s recording of Schubert sonatas on original instruments with pianist Mina Gajić is set to be released in March, 2020, on the Sono Luminus label. 

 

He has collaborated in chamber music with the Tokyo Quartet, the Assad Brothers, Joyce Yang, Richie Hawley, Kenneth Goldsmith, Cho-Liang Lin, Ian Hobson, Martin Beaver, and in Baroque/Classical/Romantic period instrument ensemble performances with Giovanni Antonini, Richard Egarr, Nicholas McGegan, Monica Huggett, Mahan EsfahaniManfredo Kramer, Reinhard Goebel, Sherezade Panthaki, and Nicholas McGegan. Formative orchestral experience includes serving as a first violinist in the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway)as principal viola in La Jolla Summerfest Chamber Orchestra, and on period instruments as a first violinist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as principal second violin with Houston Grand Opera baroque opera orchestra. An advocate of diversity in music, Carrettín 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 soloist with Project Bandaloop. His original music and recordings have been heard on Late Night with David Letterman, at the Kennedy Center, on CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, and PBS. Colorado Public Radio designated his unaccompanied Bach as a Top 15 studio recording in 2015, and the New York Times wrote of his solo Bach: 

 

The Preludio was played freely, as though improvised, while the fuga was unusually delicate. 

-New York Times 

 

Accolades for his work as music director of Boulder Bach Festival include: 

 

Noble ... revelatory ... an overwhelming experience. Carrettin rendered the famous Chaconne for solo violin in a spellbinding interpretation that was fresh and adventurous, including some improvisation but never becoming indulgent.  

-Daily Camera 

 

This may have been the most complete realization of the B-minor Mass I have heard. Creative, provocative, and sensational ... It is this kind of creative rethinking that keeps the great masterpieces alive in our times. 

-Sharps and Flatirons 

 

Every musician on stage ...was inspired ... an amazing range and depth of mood which was absolutely exhilarating. His tone was incredible and his sense of phrasing and voicing would surely have pleased Bach. 

-Opus Colorado 

 

Carrettín holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, a Master of Music degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. He served on the faculty at University of St. Thomas as Orchestra Director, Sam Houston State University as Director of Orchestral Studies, the University of Colorado at Boulder as interim Director of Early Music Ensembles and later as guest Music Director of Eklund Opera’s production of Händel’s Ariodante. His primary mentors in violin, viola and period styles include Kenneth Goldsmith and Sergiu Luca, and in ensemble conducting, Dumitru Goia 

 

Carrettín begins his seventh year as Music Director of Boulder Bach Festival, and in that capacity is founder of the BBF’s 2019-2020 ensemble-in-residence, COmpass Resonance Ensemble.