Once Upon Curiosity
Born in New Jersey, United States of America, Zachary James Hatcher is a harp soloist residing in Copenhagen, Denmark. Beginning his studies at the age of four, Hatcher began performing recitals at the age of six. After several years studying with the renowned professor Robbin Gordon-Cartier, Hatcher was accepted to the Juilliard School’s Pre-College division where he studied with June Han and Bridget Kibbey. At eighteen he was then accepted to the prestigious CNSMDP (Paris Conservatory) to study with Professors Isabelle Moretti and Geneviev Letang. Within a year, Hatcher won the Grand Prize of the Concours Internationale de Musique de Paris ‘Leopold Bellan’ and as part of the prize performed as soloist in the Salle Cortot, as well as winning the principal harp academy position in the Verbier Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Before finishing his first year of studies at CNSMDP, Hatcher won the Solo Harpist position in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at the age of nineteen. In 2017 Hatcher was offered tenure in the position and a month later performed as concerto soloist for the first time with the orchestra. Hatcher is now the harp teacher of the Royal Danish Academy of Music (DKDM), as well as the teacher of the Sankt Annæ music highschool (MGK). His solo career has taken him across Europe and the United States, as well as extensively working through Denmark. Hatcher’s latest engagements have been with the Esbjerg Ensemble, Festival n’ Friends, Fejø’s Festival, Aarhus Chamber Music Festival, as well as several featured recital and concerto performances with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Hatcher has released his first album performing the premier of Martin Stauning’s ‘Concerto for harp and orchestra’ with his orchestra under the direction of Joshua Weilerstein- a work commissioned for him personally from the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.