Canadian cellist, soloist and chamber musician Tate Zawadiuk began playing cello two days before his third birthday. He has performed as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vancouver Philharmonic, New Westminster Symphony, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Vancouver Academy of Music Orchestra. For five consecutive seasons, Tate was the principal cellist of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and plays on a 1701 Tecchler on loan from David Kerr’s Violin Shop in Portland, Oregon.  What does he do when not playing cello? According to a CBC profile, Tate’s secret yen is to be a surfer.

Tate and his chamber group the Viano String Quartet take first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition
The Viano String Quartet becomes the Quartet in Residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music
At age 21, Tate is named to CBC Music’s list of 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30

The Viano String Quartet places first at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Tate is invited by Johannes Moser to perform cello ensemble repertoire at the Laguna Beach Playhouse
The Viano String Quartet wins third prize at the Osaka International String Quartet Competition

Tate is recognized by the Government of Canada for his philanthropic work at a benefit recital

Tate performs as a Young Musician Extraordinaire in High River
Tate and his piano trio win 1st prize at the Canadian Music Competition

Tate wins second prize in the concerto competition at Morningside Music Bridge

Tate takes first prize at the Canadian Music Competition

Tate wins the grand prize at the Burnaby Clef Concert Competition, receiving the John Park Memorial Scholarship

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“…huge range of dynamics, massive sound, and spontaneity…”

American Record Guide

- on Tate's chamber group, the Viano String Quartet