Zachary Detrick, composer, had his first premiere at Merkin Concert Hall at age 4. He began his composition studies with Daniel Ott at the Juilliard School. Later he was mentored by Brad Balliett while writing his Divertimento on “A Mad Tea Party”, performed by the Metropolis Ensemble under the direction of Andrew Cyr while Detrick was a fifth grader. His pieces have been premiered by Carnegie Hall’s ACJW Ensemble, DZ4, Yarn/Wire, Face the Music, Gutbucket, PubliQuartet, New York Youth Symphony, loadbang, Contemporaneous and others. Recent premieres include performances at the National Opera Center, South Oxford Space, Tenri Cultural Institute, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, Queens Museum, WTC Memorial Plaza and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. In 2014, a portion of his Beyond Outer was heard on NPR’s All Things Considered as part of an interview highlighting pieces to be performed during the very first NY Phil Biennial.
In March of 2015, Detrick’s Puck’s Fantasy was performed by the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall, conducted by Courtney Lewis. His composition Heavenrunner for symphony orchestra and original film created from NASA footage was premiered at Roulette in Brooklyn by Face the Music in December of 2015. Detrick’s composition Armchair President Two for the Samurai Mama Big Band was premiered at the DiMenna Center in February 2017 and in March, his A Challenge to All of Us commissioned by Quartet:ThisSideUp was premiered at Roulette. As a performer, Detrick was featured as a percussionist in Nina C. Young’s Traced Upon Cinders at Merkin Concert Hall. Detrick was a percussion soloist in Clunker Concerto with Face the Music, and performed and recorded as a percussionist with Contemporaneous during the Bang On A Can Festival in 2018. As piano soloist, he has premiered works by composers Arturo Salinas and Hillary Kruh. In April of 2019, he performed George Crumb's A Little Suite for Christmas in a piano masterclass with new-music legend Ursula Oppens. He provided a score for the short film Loving Billy, which was screened twice at the New Filmmakers NY Festival in 2019.
Detrick collaborated with new-music cellist Philip Sheegog on Three Riddles for Solo Cello, which was premiered on the Juilliard Composer's Concert in 2018. Selections from his Alice in Wonderland-inspired song cycle were premiered on the Juilliard Composer’s Concerts in 2019. Detrick's A Short Symphony was read by the Juilliard Orchestra conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky in fall 2019. Detrick was chosen to participate in Juilliard's 2019 season of Choreographers and Composers, collaborating with choreographer Todd Baker to create organic prototypes. Detrick's competition awards include: first place in the 2012 Robert Avalon International Composers Competition (Junior Division), first place in the 2017 Christopher Newport University Young Composers Competition, and winner of the Washington Square Winds 2016-17 Student Composition Contest. Following 3 years of composition study with Dr. Kyle Blaha, Detrick currently attends The Juilliard School as a composition major, studying with Dr. Robert Beaser.