Z achary Carrettin has performed as violinist and conductor in more than twenty-five countries on four continents, dazzling audiences with a sense of freedom, poetic depth, and brilliant virtuosity.
A dynamic conductor and and wildly expressive violin soloist, Zachary has led symphony orchestras and choruses across Europe, the U.S., and South America. He performs as violinist in the duo Mystery Sonata with pianist Mina Gajic, and on baroque violin with trio Aeris. Not one to be bound by self-prescribed limitations, he frequently presents the unaccompanied works for violin and cello by J.S. Bach on electric violin and cello da spalla.
Z achary has held university positions as Director of Orchestras at Sam Houston State University, interim Director of Early Music ensembles at University of Colorado-Boulder, and Violin/Viola teacher at University of St. Thomas.
H e has premiered numerous works by living composers, while resurrecting the forgotten works of great artists of the past.
Currently he is the Music Director of the Boulder Bach Festival.
Recent Press Quotations from BBF's 2015 production of Bach's B Minor Mass, Carrettin conducting orchestra, chorus, soloists:
"noble … revelatory … an overwhelming experience"--Daily Camera
"The Boulder Bach Festival has undergone a sea change ... every musician on stage … was inspired ... an amazing range and depth of mood which was absolutely exhilarating... The best Boulder Bach Festival Orchestra I have heard to date … The choir seemed to be full of energy and excitement."--Opus Colorado
"The choral singing was immaculate, the orchestra superb, and the five soloists were as well matched as any oratorio soloists you are likely to hear...The intonation among the singers and the orchestral players was exquisite, lending a clarity and transparency to Bach’s counterpoint that is only rarely achieved. In its accumulated impact, 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