Zach is an award winning composer, pianist, arranger, copyist, musicologist and musical director based in New York City. As a musicologist, Zach’s research and study of Auschwitz victim Marcel Tyberg’s life and music has culminated in five world premiers by the Buffalo Philharmonic and two distinguished grants (NYU’s Collaborative Arts Grant and support from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies). Zach is now preparing and editing Tyberg’s entire body of works for Boosey & Hawkes.
Zach works as a vocal coach and accompanist for students at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education and Tisch School of the Arts. Zach is also adjunct faculty at NYU teaching courses at both Tisch and Steinhardt. Zach has taught for Opera America in New York and Fargo and conducted orchestras in South Carolina and Argentina. He has also worked as a copyist for Stephen Oremus, Kaye/Houston Music, Mark Bennet, BD Wong, Stephen Flaherty, Stephen Sondheim, Ricky Ian Gordon, Mel Marvin, Lynne Shankel, August Eriksmoen, the Buffalo Philharmonic and Bachovich Music Publishers among others.
In 2008, Zach’s first musical, PEREZ HILTON SAVES THE UNIVERSE (book by Tim Drucker and Randy Blair, lyrics by Randy Blair), won Best Musical Fringe Festival 2008 and Best Musical in the Talkin’ Broadway 2008 Summer Theatre Festival Citations. Since then songs from it have been performed around the world and there have been multiple regional productions. Zach Redler and Sara Cooper’s first show together, THE MEMORY SHOW, began as their thesis project at Tisch and has now been produced internationally. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said of Zach and Sara’s score, “What’s most striking about ‘The Memory Show’ is its ability to grasp and translate the elusive into song. It’s when ‘The Memory Show’ sings that it transcends the expected and achieves a haunting originality.” THE MEMORY SHOW received an NEA grant for Transport Group’s 2013 New York production. In 2010, Zach and Sara’s second musical, LOVING LEO received its first reading and, after winning the Weston Playhouse Award and recording a demo with the grammy winning company Sh-K-Boom in 2012, this past summer LOVING LEO had its first workshop production at the Weston Playhouse. For their music theater work, the American Theatre Wing recently awarded Sara and Zach with the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grant.
In the summer of 2011 Zach spent two weeks in residence at the Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Institute studying with David Lang, John Musto, Libby Larsen, Michael Korie and Mark Campbell and developing BREAKFAST, LUNCH and DINNER (librettist Sara Copper) for a production at NYU in 2012. From 2011-2013, Zach was in residence at American Opera Projects as part of their “Composers and the Voice Program” under the guidance of Maestro Stephen Osgood. The residency has culminated in the composition of six monodramas (WINDOWS), a set of Whitman songs, most recently performed at Sarasota Opera, and a new chamber opera MALE IDENTITY. In 2013, he and librettist Sara Cooper were Van Lier Fellows at American Opera Projects where they further developed WINDOWS for chamber orchestra at NYU and a staged production at AOP. Opera Memphis recently premiered a new commission from Zach and librettist Jerre Dye during their 2013/14 season as part of their Ghosts Of Crosstown series. MOVIN’ UP IN THE WORLD has since had multiple performances around the country. Librettist Mark Campbell and Zach began working on a new opera based on the crime and arrest of SUSAN SMITH that has been featured at the Virginia Arts Festival, Ft. Worth Opera’s FRONTIERS Festval and CU Boulder’s CU Now. More information about a potential premier to come soon.
Zach’s art songs are performed at colleges throughout the country and plans are underway for commercial publication and recording. Zach’s music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Opera America National Opera Center, Joe’s Pub and concert halls around the country and has been critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Variety and the Boston Globe. He is a member of ASCAP, Local 802 and a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.