Part-time Instructor, Music
A graduate of McGill University, Zaven Zakarian obtained a Bachelor's degree with distinction in performance. He studied with Emilio Iacurto and Michael Dumouchel and later continued private studies with Stanley Hasty in Rochester, N.Y.
Mr. Zakarian frequently freelances with the l'Orchestre symphonique du Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Since 1999, he has been the principal substitute clarinetist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has performed in many recordings for the CBC, Radio-Canada, ATMA, and other producers.
Currently, Mr. Zakarian occupies the post of principal clarinet with both l'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, and l'Orchestre des Grands Ballet Canadiens, he is also a member with l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval
As a chamber musician, Mr. Zakarian has performed with noted ensembles such as the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Ensemble, Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, and the National Arts Centre Chambe Ensemble. He has appeared as soloist with l'Orchestre métropolitain du grand Montréal. In November 2002, with his performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto, the Trois-Rivières Symphony Orchestra won the prestigious "Prix d'Opus" for best live performance.
Zaven Zakarian is a clarinet teacher of repute in the Montreal area, and has been on the teaching staff at Vanier College since 1985.