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Six Questions: Tate Zawadiuk, Cello

Get To Know the Festival's 2018 Fellows
July 27, 2018

Cellist TATE ZAWADIUK performs as a soloist and chamber musician. At twelve, he made his debut as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Zawadiuk is part of the Viano String Quartet – third prize winners at the Osaka International String Quartet Competition. He has collaborated with world class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Johannes Moser. In 2016, he attended the Academie de Villecroze where he worked with Colin Carr. Currently, he studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. | tatezawadiuk.com

What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I enjoy playing outdoor sports with friends.

What are the first 5 items on your playlist?

I don’t have a playlist I consistently listen to, but if I did, it would include some Beach Boys, some Beatles, the Police, and maybe some Sinatra, the classic oldies.

What book are you currently reading?

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Why did you choose your instrument?

I didn’t. I was very young, and my mother gave me a cello, since my older two siblings both played violin. I ended up very happy with it!

Do you have any pre-concert traditions?

I like to do warm up exercises I learned when I played baseball.

If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?

I would want to play the Schubert Cello Quintet with the original Guarneri String Quartet.