Zachary Reaves



 Zachary Reaves began playing cello at age ten. Since then he has become a regular performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University. Zachary completed the Performer Diploma program at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. There he studied privately with renowned soloist and chamber musician, Andres Diaz, as well as Christopher Adkins, principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


Reaves has soloed with orchestras such as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra, the University of Central Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the SMU Meadows Symphony Orchestra. His chamber and recital experience includes performances in the United States, Italy, and Canada. He is also a founding member of the Altius Quartet, which has performed extensively in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

While classical music is his main interest, Reaves takes pride in being an open-minded and experimental musician having recorded and performed with many bands and improvisation ensembles, as well as performing classical music in unlikely venues outside of the usual concert halls. He is the artistic director of the Dallas-based music series Bridge the Gap Chamber Players, which aims to break down barriers between classical performers and their audiences by blending classical music with modern culture.

Teaching is an important part of Reaves’ musical career as he has holds teaching positions at various schools in the Dallas area, the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as having his own private studio. A native of Oklahoma City, OK, he is the son of two Oklahoma City Philharmonic violinists, Michael and Catherine Reaves. He believes that he received much of his love and understanding of music from his parents.