Pianist Zachary Bartholomew was born in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2009, he graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music-Jazz Studies. During school and after graduating, Zach began making a living as a professional musician. He formed his trio while in school and began performing regularly in Tallahassee and touring across the country. In 2011, his trio won 1st place in the Salett Arts Center Jazz Trio Competition in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2012, he released his trio’s debut album, Out of This Town, which has gone on to receive positive reviews in magazines and online forums by various authors and noted jazz critics.
Zach has toured regularly with his trio and has headlined at venues across the country such as Blues Alley (DC), Andy’s Jazz Club (Chicago), Jazz Showcase (Chicago), Nighttown (Cleveland), BOP STOP (Cleveland), Twins Jazz Club (DC), Sidedoor Jazz Club (Old Lyme), Cliff Bells (Detroit), Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Jazz Estate (Milwaukee), Velvet Note (Atlanta), WhyNot Jazz Room (NYC), B Sharps Jazz Club (Tallahassee) and many others. He has also performed at jazz festivals across the southeast, given jazz clinics and workshops at schools, and taught at the Florida State University summer jazz camps for middle school and high school.
In 2013, Zach was awarded a graduate assistantship at Florida State University where he taught jazz classes at the College of Music. Two years later, he earned the Master of Music in Jazz Performance. In 2015, he was awarded a full tuition waiver from the University of Miami Frost School of Music to pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Instrumental Performance. In 2016, Zach was chosen as one of the five finalists, and won 3rd place, in the highly-acclaimed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. In 2018, Zach received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Jazz Instrumental Performance from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.