136-J Washington St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Zachary McGee is a native Californian who grew up on the coast in beautiful, sunny Santa Barbara. He earned his Bachelor’s in Music in Cello Performance with High Honors at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2014, having studied with Professors Geoffrey Rutkowski and Jacob Braun (also of the Colburn School’s Prep Division). In 2016 he earned his Master’s in Music in Cello Performance at the California State University, Sacramento School of Music, where he studied with Professor Andrew Luchansky (also of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Prep Division). Additional private studies were with Clive Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet), Alan Rafferty (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music), Richard Slavich (Denver University’s Lamont School of Music), and John Sant’Ambroggio (Saint Louis Symphony and Boston Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to his cello studies, Zachary has extensive chamber music and pedagogy training. He studied chamber music under numerous coaches, most significantly violinist Yuval Yaron, pianist Peter Takacs, and Baroque cellist Richard Webb (of the Academy of Ancient Music). He has also performed in masterclasses for artists from the Kronos Quartet, the Telegraph Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, the Haydn and Handel Society, Florence Arts, and Gilbert Kalish. Zachary’s teacher training was under the Suzuki teacher trainer, Judy Bossuat-Gallic, in seminars and while teaching private and group lessons in the Sacramento State String Project.
Zachary has a wide variety of performance and research interests. His research interests have ranged from studying the quality of life for composers in the 18th century to body awareness in technical treatises for violin and cello from the 16th through the 19th centuries, including comparison of modern teaching approaches with those of the 18th century. Similarly, Zachary’s performance interests are equally far ranging, in addition to study and performing the standard repertoire. He has studied historical performance practices of the 17th and 18th centuries, serving as solo and principal cellist of the Baroque ensemble, Camerata Capistrano in Sacramento. On the other extreme, he has studied contemporary avant garde music for both solo cello and small ensemble, being hailed by the Santa Barbara Independent as a “bold young cellist, willing to tackle anything.”