Derek Zadinsky

  • Teacher of Double Bass

Areas of Study


  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music
  • Additional studies with Edgar Meyer and Jordan Anderson


Derek Zadinsky, Assistant Principal Bass of the Cleveland Orchestra, joined the ensemble's bass section in January 2012 after serving as principal bass with Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony) in Camden, New Jersey. He has performed as a substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and the New World Symphony in Miami.

Zadinsky started teaching at Cleveland State University in the fall of 2012, Cleveland Institute of Music in the fall of 2013, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2014. In 2015, he taught a master class at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and taught and performed in the Rabbath Workshop at Oberlin. In 2014, he published an edition of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5.

As a soloist, Zadinsky has performed with the Seattle Symphony, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, and twice in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with string orchestra. Those performances included Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 and his own arrangement of Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen.

A native of Issaquah, Washington, Zadinsky earned a bachelor of music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with soloist Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson. He continued his studies with Meyer at the Aspen Music Festival and School during the summers of 2007-09. Prior to his studies at Curtis, he studied privately for four years with Jordan Anderson. Previous teachers also include Patrick and Leslie Marckx, and Joseph Dyvig.

Zadinsky plays on an English bass attributed to the workshop of Thomas Dodd in London (circa 1790) and a custom five-string model by Paul Hart of Salt Lake City (2014).

In 2011, Zadinsky won first place in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition in San Francisco.