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 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. 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, Zadinsky was Assistant Concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony, Long Beach Opera, and Glendale Symphony. Subsequently, he performed as First Violin in Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He was First Violinist with Miami Philharmonic at age 18, and First Violinist with the Canton Symphony at age 13. He has also performed on American Idol in Hollywood, and at the 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, 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 television scores, as well as all Seattle Symphony recordings since 1991.
As a young musician, 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.
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, Washington, which explored simplicity and complexity in music, with examples performed by Zadinsky on violin and piano. Compositions by Prokofiev, Previn, de Falla and Szymanowski were performed, followed by a discussion of Zadinsky’s career as a Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera musician.
photo © Larey McDaniel