Zachary is a 13-year-old honor roll student, who did not know a musical note three years ago. One day he and his mother were at a charity store where Zachary noticed an old piano.Not knowing a thing about music, he told his mother he wanted to buy it with his unspent gift money. The piano came home. The two were inseparable. He began teaching himself with YouTube videos and composing his pieces immediately. It was as if he and the old instrument were lifelong friends. He started piano lessons with Terrence Dwarika, and after just one year auditioned and was excepted into BAK Middle School of the Arts. At the same time, he entered a four-week talent search competing against seasoned professionals and WON first place and $1000. He was asked to become a Kretzer kid at age 11, instead of 13, with Mrs. Kretzer/Pianos and gratefully received a baby grand piano and a scholarship to be the only student of famous blind pianist, David Crohan, of Palm Beach.
Zachary performed two years consecutively, for the Physician's Talent Showcase at the Himmel Center, where he humbly received a standing ovation, Also at the El's Center of Excellence, for two consecutive years, with Dream Rides fundraiser for Special Olympics, and solo for Wilmington Trust Wealth Management private events at Kravis Center, along with an exclusive performance at John's Island Club for Joann Falletta, the conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Zachary also performed at the beautiful Cafe' in Palm Beach for their big Fourth of July celebration where they brought in a special piano just for him and recently topped it off with performing solo on Christmas night for President Trump. People are drawn to his humble and matured this position. He's been called an old soul all of his 13 years. Put him to the keys, and Zachary pulls out every fiber of a piano as he performs everything from Chopin to Jerry Lee Lewis, kicking the bench and all! It is a feel-good story of a young boy and an old piano… And in just three short years have taken his love for the instrument to the top.