Tate Zawadiuk

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Semi-Final Round Repertoire

  • JOHANNES BRAHMS Sonata No. 2, Op. 99
    • I. Allegro Vivace
  • MARJAN MOZETICH The Turmoil of Madame Butterfly
  • SERGEI PROKOFIEV Sonata, Op. 119
    • I. Andante Grave
  • GASPAR CASSADÓ Suite for Solo Cello
    • I. Preludio - Fantasia
    • II. Sardana (Danza)
    • III. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
  • PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62


Cellist Tate Zawadiuk is both a soloist and chamber musician. Most recently, Tate performed as a soloist with James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for its Centennial Celebration Gala Concert. Tate has also performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Philharmonic, New Westminster Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra. In these concerts, Tate worked with renowned conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Otto Tausk, Pierre Simard, Evan Mitchell, Pierre Simard, Leslie Dala, and Edmond Agopian.

Tate first began playing the cello two days before his third birthday and had his debut as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra when he was 12. Tate has since collaborated with world-class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, James Ehnes, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, Orion Weiss, Jinjoo Cho, Mathieu Herzog, Paul Coletti, and Martin Beaver. In February 2017, he was invited by Johannes Moser to perform cello ensemble repertoire at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. Tate frequently collaborates with pianist Rodolfo Leone, winner of the 2017 International Beethoven Piano Competition Vienna. For five consecutive seasons, Tate was the principal cellist of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is currently one of the principles of the Colburn Orchestra, and has worked with world renowned guest conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Xian Zhang, James Conlon, Ludovic Morlot, and David Zinman. In 2016, Tate received an Award of Excellence from the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and attended the Académie de Villecroze where he worked with Colin Carr.

As a chamber musician, Tate is part of the Viano String Quartet. The quartet won First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, Third Prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and Third Prize at the 2017 Osaka International String Quartet Competition.

Tate has studied with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School with John Kadz, Johanne Perron at the Mount Royal Conservatory of Music, Ariel Barnes at the VSO School of Music, and with Mary Thomson at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Currently, he is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn School. He has performed in numerous masterclasses with world class cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Colin Carr, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Lynn Harrell, Andrés Díaz, Daniel Müller-Schott, Desmond Hoebig, Raphael Wallfisch, Denis Brott, Stephen Geber, Johannes Moser, and Peter Wiley.

Tate plays on a 1701 Tecchler cello on loan from David Kerr’s Violin Shop in Portland, Oregon

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