College of Charleston SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

Oboe-Piano Concert Featuring Zachary Hammond

The 2nd Monday Series at the College of Charleston School of the Arts will present a concert by Zachary Hammond (oboe) and Robin Zemp (piano). The concert will include Three Concert Études by Silvestrini (unaccompanied), Canzonetta for Oboe and Strings by Samuel Barber, Oboe Concerto (C minor) by Alessandro Marcello and Morceau de Salon by Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda.

DETAILS:  The Monday, March 14  performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Recital Hall in the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St. General admission is $15 at the door and $10 for all students.

Zachary Hammond joined the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as principal oboe in the fall of 2014. Prior to joining the CSO, he served as principal oboe of “Symphoria” (formerly the Syracuse Symphony) in Syracuse, NY. Hammond has performed with many ensembles throughout the country including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Rochester Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony.

Hammond is originally from Naperville, IL where he was a student of Robert Morgan, English horn and assistant principal oboe of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree and Arts Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he was a student of Richard Killmer and also studied baroque oboe with Geoffrey Burgess.

As a soloist, Hammond has performed with numerous orchestras including Symphoria, the Eastman Graduate Chamber Orchestra, the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra and was a featured soloist during the CSO’s past season. He has participated in several summer music festivals including the Sarasota Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Banff Centre Masterclass Sessions and the 2015 Youth Orchestra of the Americas tour.

In addition to performing, Hammond enjoys teaching and working with young music students. He has maintained a private oboe studio for many years and has worked closely with both the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is currently a teacher and clinician at the Charleston County School of the Arts. His woodwind quintet from 2011-2013 conducted educational outreach concerts and residencies throughout upstate New York and was one of the groups representing Young Audiences of America in Rochester.

Pianist Robin Zemp made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1984 to both public and critical acclaim. The New York Times praised his “intriguing coloristic effects” and “strong, firm, and secure” playing. In constant demand as both soloist and ensemble player, he performs over 30 different programs each season. The late Robert Jones wrote in the Charleston Post and Courier, the “pianist was the familiar Robin Zemp, who played beautifully as he always does.”

On the faculty of the College of Charleston School of the Arts, he teaches piano and vocal coaching. His students have won many state and regional competitions and awards. He has served in many capacities with the South Carolina Music Teachers Association including President and Vice-President for Conferences. In 2006, he received the Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In March 2011, he was honored by the Music Teachers National Association as an MTNA Foundation Fellow for making significant contributions to the music world and the music teaching profession. He is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.