Twenty-one-year-old Canadian cellist Tate Zawadiuk is both soloist and chamber musician. When he was twelve years old, Mr. Zawadiuk had his debut as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and in June, he will return as a soloist for the VSO’s Centennial Celebration concert. He has also performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Philharmonic, New Westminster Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra. In these concerts, Mr. Zawadiuk worked with renowned conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Pierre Simard, Evan Mitchell, Pierre Simard, Leslie Dala, and Edmond Agopian.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Zawadiuk is part of the Viano String Quartet. The quartet won Third Prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and in 2017 they won Third Prize at the Osaka International String Quartet Competition. The Viano String Quartet works primarily with former Tokyo String Quartet first violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, and has also worked with Arnold Steinhardt, Paul Watkins, Philip Setzer, Eugene Drucker, David Finckel, Ani Kavafian, and Fabio Bidini. Mr. Zawadiuk has collaborated with world class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Orion Weiss, Jinjoo Cho, Mathieu Herzog, Paul Coletti, and Martin Beaver. In February 2017, Mr. Zawadiuk was invited by Johannes Moser to perform cello ensemble repertoire at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. In 2013, Mr. Zawadiuk performed with a Piano Trio at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, and at the Ottawa Chamberfest. The group won 1st prize at the Canadian Music Competition. Mr. Zawadiuk frequently collaborates with pianist Rodolfo Leone, winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna.
For five consecutive seasons, Mr. Zawadiuk was the principal cellist of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. At Colburn, Mr. Zawadiuk is part of the Colburn Orchestra, led by music director Yehuda Gilad, and has worked with world renowned guest conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Xian Zhang, James Conlon, Ludovic Morlot, and David Zinman. During the summer, Mr. Zawadiuk has attended many festivals and workshops including Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Mcgill International String Quartet Academy, ENCORE Chamber Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, and the Banff Centre for Performing Arts Masterclasses for Strings and Winds. In 2016, Mr. Zawadiuk received an Award of Excellence from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and attended the Académie de Villecroze where he worked with Colin Carr. He has also attended the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, and the Hidden Valley music seminars where he worked with Stephen Geber.
Mr. Zawadiuk first began playing the cello two days before his third birthday. Currently, he is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He has performed in numerous masterclasses with world class cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Colin Carr, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Lynn Harrell, Andrés Díaz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Desmond Hoebig, Raphael Wallfisch, Denis Brott, Stephen Geber, Johannes Moser, and Peter Wiley. Mr. Zawadiuk’s first teacher from the age of four where he studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music was Mary Thomson. At the age of twelve, he began lessons with John Kadz, commuting back and forth between Vancouver, British-Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. He has also studied with Ronald Leonard, Johanne Perron, and Ariel Barnes.
Mr. Zawadiuk strives to share his music with as many people as possible. In 2015, he received recognition for being a philanthropist from the government of Canada for his work on a benefit recital. In 2010, he won the grand prize at the Burnaby Clef Concerto Competition where he received the John Parker Memorial Scholarship, and in 2011, he won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition. At Morningside Music Bridge in 2012, Mr. Zawadiuk won 2nd prize in the concerto competition.
Mr. Zawadiuk plays on a 1956 Michetti cello on loan from David Kerr’s Violin Shop in Portland, Oregon