Zachary Cummings

Birth Place: Walnut Creek, California

Education:Johns Hopkins University


One World Symphony Bassoonist

1. Are any of your family members musicians? If so, what do they do?
None of my family members are musicians.

2. What has been the highlight of your One World Symphony career to date?
The highlight of my career with One World Symphony was performing the highlights from Cosi Fan Tutte. The singers were spectacular as was the orchestra and everything came together (with only one rehearsal held three hours before the actual performance) to create one of the most magical performances I have ever been a part of.

3. What would you say is your favorite piece of music?
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro

4. What's your favorite moment with One World Symphony?
My favorite moment was hearing how much money the orchestra had raised for the victims of the tsunami.  It was a wonderful feeling knowing that we were able to put our talents to work for such a great cause.

...And the worst moment (if any)?
None.  Performing with the group has been a most incredible experience.

5. What music do you listen to in the car or subway?
I'm probably supposed to say something like I listen to country western, but I don't. I love classical music and listen to it for fun too.

6. What is your favorite drink?

7. What was the most recent book you read?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

8. When you do have some free time, how do you relax?
I read or walk around New York City.

9. Why do you continue to perform with One World Symphony when you can perform with other ensembles that would offer more financial benefits?
One World Symphony brings together a very unique group of musicians who are extremely passionate and are willing to pursue their art regardless of pay. It is amazing to experience the kind of energy that a group like this produces, so I keep coming back. In addition, the quality is extremely high and the orchestra challenges me to be a better musician.

10. If you had the oppotunity to time travel, when and where would you prefer to live? Why?
I wouldn't want to travel to a different time, but would love to live in Paris.

11. If you weren't a musician what would you be?
An investment banker.

12. Why would you recommend to other musicians and public to participate with One World Symphony?
The One World Symphony makes classical accessible to the public.  The ticket prices are reasonable and the quality is tremendous.  The programming is innovative and Sung Jin interacts with the audience so everybody always learns something.

13. What are your hobbies?
Playing the bassoon is a major hobby, although, you could call my job more of a hobby too.