Zach De PueJoined ISO: September 2007
Primary musical studies: Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music
Teachers included: Jaime Laredo, Ida Kavafian, William Preucil
Music is a way of life in Zach De Pue’s family. Growing up in Bowling Green, Ohio, Zach inherited his musical interests from his father, a composer and Professor Emeritus of Music Composition at Bowling Green State University. “In my family, playing the violin was something you just did starting at the age of five,” Zach says. “My dad felt it was important to have music in a child's life. My three older brothers were all playing violin, and since I looked up to them, I went along for the ride.”
Zach made his solo debut on the violin with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and went on to study with William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He earned a full-tuition scholarship to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he also held the David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship. At Curtis, Zach studied with renowned violinists Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian and served as Concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2007, Zach was appointed Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He plays a beautiful Ferdinand Gagliano violin made in Naples, Italy, in 1757.
Zach’s family ties to music have never left him. Since 1985, he has performed as The De Pue Brothers with his three violin-playing brothers. He also performs with Time for Three, the ISO’s ensemble-in-residence, comprised of himself, violinist Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer who play a unique blend of bluegrass, jazz and classical music. In 2011, Time for Three premiered Travels in Time for Three, a concerto composed for them by Chris Brubeck, and in the fall of 2012, they will premiere a newly-commissioned piece by William Bolcom. The group also released its third album, 3 Fervent Travelers, in January 2010. As a soloist and with various ensembles, Zach has performed with symphonies across the United States and in Israel and has played on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.
In addition to mentoring Indianapolis high school music students, every summer Zach and Time for Three visit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, one of Paul Newman’s camps supported by his food line. “We always go up there and play for the kids and spend a day just being with them,” Zach says. “It is always an uplifting and memorable experience.” When he is not playing or teaching classical music, Zach enjoys listening to Billy Joel and Phish and being dragged to Broadway musicals. “I never decide to go on my own, but once I’m there, I love it,” he says.
Read more about Zach in his Spotlight with Geoffrey S. Lapin.