Zachary Reaves is a highly sought after cellist and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the award-winning Altius Quartet and has performed in prestigious venues across the globe. He holds degrees in cello and chamber music performance from Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and the University of Colorado - Boulder. His principal teachers include Andres Diaz, Christopher Adkins, Andras Fejer, David Requiro, Thomas Heinrich, Jim Shelley, and Greg Sauer.
As a member of the Altius Quartet, Reaves has received many awards, including the Silver Medal in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Zachary and the Altius Quartet served as the Fellowship Ensemble in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they were assistants to the world-renowned Takåcs Quartet. He and the Altius have collaborated with some of the top names in chamber music, including Geraldine Walther, Anton Nel, Andres Diaz, Peter Nágy, Håkan Rosengren, and Oliver Treindl.
Zachary has appeared in chamber music festivals around the world, such as the Banff Centre, Intimacy of Creativity - Hong Kong, Music in the Mountains, Innsbrook Institute Emerging Artist Program, Orvieto Musica, Colorado Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. From 2011-2014, he served as the founding artistic director for Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, a Dallas-based chamber music series aimed at building new audiences for classical music.
Dedicated to promoting works by living composers, Reaves has premiered over 20 new works, including pieces by Michael Ippolito, Loren Loiacono, JP Merz, Michael van der Sloot, Nathan Courtright and YoungWoo Yoo. He has also worked closely with composers such as Kevin Puts, William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Joel Puckett.
Zachary’s discography includes recordings on the Centaur and Navona labels. In 2014, he performed on the debut album for the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble. He is also releasing two albums with the Altius Quartet in 2017: Dress Code and Shostakovich String Quartets Nos. 7, 8, & 9.
When away from his cello, Zachary enjoys hiking, snowboarding, waterskiing, craft beer, and good food. He is currently based in Westminster, Colorado with his wife, Parisa, and his two dogs, Cassie and Blue.
Reaves plays on a cello made in 1969 by W.E. Hill & Sons and a bow made in 2007 by David Forbes.