Zachary Reaves is the founding cellist for the award-winning Altius Quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music and Performer Diploma degrees in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. 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 are currently the Graduate Ensemble in Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder where they are assistants to the world-renowned Takåcs Quartet.
Zachary has participated in music festivals around the world, such as the Banff Centre Masterclasses, 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.
When away from his cello, Zachary enjoys hiking, snowboarding, waterskiing, craft beer, attempting to cook, and spending time 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.