Musician Profiles

Arthur Zadinsky

Arthur Zadinsky has been a member of the Seattle Symphony since 1991. Born in Ohio, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, Florida and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. His private violin teachers have included Donald Weilerstein, Steven Staryk, Paul Biss, George Zazofsky, Louis Krasner, Richard Burgin and Yoko Matsuda; chamber music coaching with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, Gunther Schuller and William Kroll; and conducting studies with Frederick Fennell.

Before moving to the Seattle area in 1988, Mr. Zadinsky was Assistant Concertmaster of the Long Beach (CA) Symphony, Long Beach Opera, and Glendale (CA) Symphony. Subsequently, he performed as First Violin in Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He was First Violinist with Miami (Florida) Philharmonic at age 18, and First Violinist with the Canton (Ohio) Symphony at age 13. He has also performed on American Idol in Hollywood, and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, California.

His awards include full scholarships to the University of Miami and CalArts; Magna cum laude, U.M.; Henri Kohn Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood), awarded by Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa in 1976.

Active as a recording musician, Mr. Zadinsky has been solo violinist for the motion picture “Apartment Zero” and New Age artist Michael Gettel CD entitled “The Key”; conductor for CD “Privilegio de Amor” by Mihares; concertmaster for CDs by Monna Bell, Simone and Jordi; record albums and CDs for artists such as David Benoit, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond, Olivia Newton-John, Bill Meyers and many others; session musician at Universal, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM/Sony and other studios in Hollywood, California, for hundreds of film and tv scores, as well as all SSO recordings since 1991.

As a young musician, Mr. Zadinsky knew he wanted to be a professional when he heard a performance by the Cleveland Orchestra of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra at a run-out concert in Canton, Ohio; his choice was reaffirmed several years later when he was fortunate to accompany Henryk Szeryng in a performance of Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra. (He had played the same concerto for his own successful audition for that orchestra just a few weeks earlier!) 


Mr. Zadinsky is very active in the Seattle music community. In August 2009 (in the middle of playing the "Ring" cycle for Seattle Opera), he gave a solo violin lecture/recital for approximately 80 aspiring young musicians in Coupeville (Whidbey Island) Washington, which explored simplicity and complexity in music, with examples performed by Mr. Zadinsky on violin and piano; compositions by Prokofiev, Previn, de Falla, and Szymanowski were performed, followed by a discussion of Mr. Zadinsky’s career as a Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera musician.

He has given master classes and chamber music coaching at the Summer Sounds Music Festival, 2008—2009 (Port Townsend and Fort Casey, Washington) and frequently coaches violin applicants for SSO auditions.

Mr. Zadinsky was honored to be a participant in SSO’s Musicians Circle Program, 2008, sponsored by Charles and Joan Johnson; he was a volunteer for the SSO Annual Gifts Committee, 1991-92.

Arthur's wife Debra has taught hundreds of violin and viola students at her private home studio for the past 21 years. The Zadinskys have two children. Their son, Derek Zadinsky, is a fourth year student of the double bass at the Curtis Institute of Music; his teachers are Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson. Derek gave a solo performance of Koussevitzky’s Valse Miniature with the SSO in 2003; he has twice been a soloist at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, performing Bottesini's Concerto No. 2 in 2005, and his own arrangement for double bass and string orchestra of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen in 2007. In the summer of 2007, he was the winner of the Koussevitzky Double Bass Competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Their daughter, Karissa Zadinsky, is an honors student at the Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus in Issaquah; she recently performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme in the Johannes Moser Violoncello Master Class in Nordstrom Recital Hall, sponsored by SSO.
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