Zachary Whitaker graduated from the Shenandoah Conservatory with a B.M. in Cello Performance and later received a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from George Mason University. Throughout Zachary's cello career, he has had the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Robert deMaine, Amit Peled, Nurit Bar-Josef, and film composer Hans Zimmer. In addition, Zachary has extensive performance experience with numerous ensembles, including the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the McLean Orchestra, and the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra where he served as their principal cellist. He is also a Performance Member with the Friday Morning Music Club.
During his summers, Zachary has attended the Eastern Music Festival, the National Music Festival, and in 2017 was a fellow with the National Orchestral Institute and Festival. Zachary has also attended Magic Mountain Music Farm, where he studied under Burton Kaplan.
Zachary has been teaching privately since 2012, and enjoys working with students of all ages and skill levels.