Zach Bartholomew is an award-winning jazz pianist, composer, and music educator. In 2018, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Miami and soon after became a professor at Broward College and Miami Dade College. In 2019, he joined the music faculty at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he currently teaches. Dr. Bartholomew has also been featured as a presenter and performer at national and regional music conferences, such as the JEN Conference and the FSMTA Conference.
In 2016 and 2017, Dr. Bartholomew was chosen as one of five finalists to compete in the highly acclaimed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition winning third-place both years. He has been featured as a performer, composer, and bandleader at various national and international jazz festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jalisco Jazz Festival, and Festival Miami, among others. During the last few years he and his band have been heard on radio broadcasts, concert series, and regionally promoted events at music venues all over Florida.
As a bandleader, Dr. Bartholomew has taken his band on multiple national tours and headlined at some of the top jazz venues in the country. In addition to touring across the country with his group, Zach has performed with artists such as Victor Goines, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Holland, David Liebman, Ira Sullivan, Sean Jones, CyrilleAimée, John Beasley, and Kevin Mahogany.
Dr. Bartholomew currently resides in Miami, FL and is involved in numerous musical projects as both a leader and a sideman. His original music and unique arrangements are inspired by the jazz tradition, but also draw heavily from Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern influences.