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Hourly Fee
Beginner £40.00
Intermediate £40.00
Advanced £40.00
Expert £40.00
Casual £40.00

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Personal Description:

Zachary started his one-to-one lessons aged thirteen, studying with Timothy Smedley at Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM). During his time there, Zachary performed many solo recitals, including performances in the Leeds International Concert Season and the Ryedale Music Festival.
As a keen orchestral player, he has played in numerous orchestras, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, National Youth String Orchestra and the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, with whom he was principal cellist and performed a concerto in 2013. Zachary has since been principal cellist of many orchestras at the Royal Northern College of Music.
During his studies there, Zachary was under the tutelage of Gillian Thoday and participated in many masterclasses with great cellists such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Miklos Perenyi and Istvan Vardai. In 2015, he was also selected by the RNCM to attend a masterclass with Nicolas Altstaedt in the MOMA Wales Music Festival. In recent years, Zachary was a finalist in both the Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize of 2015 and 2016, the RNCM Concerto Competition, as well as receiving ‘The Shirley Cattarall Award for Cello’ and most recently, the ‘Leonard Rose Award for Cello’. As one of many solo performances in 2017, Zachary recently performed the Walton Cello Concerto with the University of York Symphony Orchestra at the Sir Jack Lyon’s Concert Hall, York.
Following scholarship offers from both the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Zachary is now studying at the latter for an MMus, under the tutelage of Louise Hopkins.
He is very grateful for his sponsorship from both the Skinners’ Company and the Goldsmiths’ Company, allowing him to continue his studies.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been teaching for many years, working with many cellists of varying ages and abilities. This includes private tuition, group tuition, as well as working on music courses - this has provided me with a wealth of experience and knowledge within this field.

Tutoring Approach:

I pride myself in my adaptable teaching methods. I have a keen insight into musical and technical issues, enabling me to offer comfortable and manageable solutions, tailored to the specific pupil. This means that I do not own a teaching 'formula', but instead prefer to work on a much more individualised basis - this results in more relevant information being shared, and a more refined learning experience.

I am very happy to teach those looking to go through graded exams, as well as those simply looking to progress at the cello. Lessons include various aspects of learning and playing, but the emphasis is always on enjoying music-making!

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • Royal Northern College of Music (2017) - BMus (Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

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