Composer Zach Seely's unique works have been heard across the world. His music has been described as "organic, and riveting, with its compelling gestures, and great clarity." Zach fluently works within a variety of mediums and genres ranging from orchestral works, solos, chamber music, electronic music, and unconventional instrumentations/styles.
Zach has worked as a conductor, directing a variety of symphonic bands, percussion ensembles, and has premiered numerous compositions for chamber ensemble. He is also an active performer/improvisor with a repertoire expanding from traditional guitar works to contemporary and experimental trends.
In 2011, Zach studied with the internationally recognized virtuoso guitarist and composer, Arthur Kampela, and worked as his score assistant for his Koussevitzky Music Foundation commissioned work "…b…," which was premiered by the Linea Ensemble in 2012 at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse. Zach assisted Kampela again with his work "MIGRO" for the Collegium Novum Zürich ensemble, premiered at the 2013 Tage für Neue Musik.
In 2012, Zach frequently performed both as a soloist and in mixed ensembles and his composition for orchestra was selected to be read by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
During the summer of 2013, Zach traveled to Europe, beginning at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) during their ManiFeste Academy in Paris, learning from composers such as Magnus Lindberg, James Dillon, and Yan Maresz. In Paris, he also studied with Robert Hasegawa as a part of the Eastman School of Music's summer course for Theory and Analysis of Contemporary Music. Zach then studied in Germany with composer Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, with whom he currently studies as a part of the two year Meisterklasse certificate program for composition in Leipzig, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. There he also participated in the advocacy for the founding of the Center for Present Day Music by the Rektor Martin Kürschner in December 2016 and which is currently directed by Professor Mahnkopf.
In 2014, Zach was selected for the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music composition workshop with the Curious Chamber Players and also received composition lessons from Brian Ferneyhough, Raphael Cendo, George Aperghis, Pierluigi Billone, and Mark Andre. He returned for the 2016 summer courses to present an introduction to the music of Kampela with pianist Michiko Saiki and received further advisory from composers Steven Takasugi, Wieland Hoban, and Rebecca Saunders.
In 2014, Zach founded Contemporary Insights, an initiative which strives to develop a community centered around the celebration and exploration of contemporary music. The concert series has so far featured distinguished performers/composers including Steven Beck, Arthur Kampela, Ryan Muncy, Marcelo Toledo, Rane Moore, Miranda Cuckson, Josh Modney, Alice Teyssier, William Lang, Weston Olencki, Julia Den Boer, and Sky Macklay .
Zach is the recipient of the 2016 Saxony State Scholarship from the Ministry of Art and Science.
Zach received his bachelor's degree in music education and received an advanced standing state certification in New Jersey. He completed his masters degree in music composition at Bowling Green State University, where he also taught music theory and aural skills as a part of his graduate assistantship. Zach's teachers have included Arthur Kampela, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Annette LeSiege, Elainie Lillios, Douglas Thompson, Mikel Kuehn, and Christopher Dietz.
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Photo by Michiko Saiki
"I want my music to be honest. It serves as an extension of my life, which is my ultimate artwork.”