Jillian Zack - Biography

Since moving to New York in 2005, Jillian Zack has had numerous performance opportunities with instrumentalists and both classical and musical theatre vocalists. She performs frequently at the Juilliard School, and at various other venues throughout New York City, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She has also performed throughout the United States, England, and New Zealand.

Highly interested in the process of collaborating with living composers, Ms. Zack was the resident pianist for the first annual New Music on the Point, a two-week program work-shopping the new works of young composers. There, she had the opportunity to collaborate with artists in residence from the Chicago based Fifth House Ensemble, as well as mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie. While attending Songfest in 2009, she worked with renowned composers John Musto and Tom Cipullo, and has presented several of their works in recital.

Ms. Zack graduated with a BM in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and was awarded the Josephine C. Whitford Award for her significant contribution to the enrichment of the school. She completed her studies in the Collaborative Piano Program at The Juilliard School in 2012, where she studied under the tutelage of Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, J.J. Penna and Diane Richardson. She was a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the William Petschek Piano Scholarship, and the Greene Fellowship. While at Juilliard, she began a collaboration with cellist Hannah Sloane, and together they formed the y3duo, which performs throughout the US and the UK.

She is the musical director of Philadelphia’s Art Song Repertory Theater Company (ARTCY), which specializes in using art songs written for the voice as the medium for original theatrical productions.

Through the course of her studies, she has also had the opportunity to work with Martin Katz, Malcom Martineau, John Churchwell, Amy Burton, and Paul Sperry.