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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Timothy Zavadil

Timothy Zavadil

Clarinet and Bass Clarinet

Timothy Zavadil joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2007 as clarinetist and bass clarinetist, and he has since played those instruments as well as E-flat clarinet, contrabass clarinet, basset horn, and saxophones. Previously a member of the Louisville Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, he has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, National, Toronto and St. Louis symphony orchestras, under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir George Solti, David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, Franz Welser-Möst, Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach.

Zavadil has been active with a variety of summer festivals, currently serving as bass clarinetist of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin. Previous summer engagements have included the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and the American-Russian Youth Orchestra, as well as the 1994 Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.

 An active chamber musician, he has performed in several Minnesota Orchestra chamber concerts, as well as with a number of other ensembles based in the Twin Cities, Louisville and Toledo.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Zavadil holds master and bachelor of music degrees from, respectively, Northwestern University and DePaul University, and counts J. Lawrie Bloom, Russell Dagon, John Bruce Yeh and Larry Combs among his primary teachers. 

He has taught at the University of Louisville, and currently maintains an active private teaching studio in the Twin Cities.

In 2015, Zavadil helped form the Minnesota Orchestra's rock band (MOB) as a guitarist, happily rocking the instrument that he started playing at age six.