As a classically-trained violinist and fiddler, I am comfortable in most performance venues and genres. I play quite a few weddings every year, and other events such as parties and dinners. In addition, I perform classical recitals and I do book concerts where I fiddle-usually a combination of Celtic and bluegrass.
Zac played violin for our small wedding. Such a great choice! The beautiful music really made our wedding!
Zachary played at my wedding, and was just amazing. Everyone said how awesome he was. He played the songs asked for & was relaxed & friendly. Definitely would recommend him playing at your wedding! Oh yeah, And there was a delay in our wedding start & he played during that time which was also so kind & great!!!
Zachary was on time and provided a great musical back drop to the start of our event!
Zach was right on time. Very humble. Provided a great mucic background for our Italian dinner.
Zachary was super easy to work with leading up to the wedding and the day of was even better. He played what we discussed beforehand and even ended up staying a bit longer than planned due to some unexpected delays. I would HIGHLY recommend him at your next event! We owe him big time for what he did for us:) Thanks again, Zachary!!
Zach did a beautiful job playing for my ceremony. I would highly recommend his services!
On time, Flexible, Learned every song I requested. Very Professional.
He Played Cold Play song "Scientist" for me and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero song "Home" for my wedding. We liked him so much we asked him to stay for another hour and he did. Everyone was able to hear his violin play on the beach, especially over the noise of the waves. He was great!
I can not stress the importance of having a personal touch to an event and Zach was that personal touch. Thank you.
Zach performed at my wedding last week and did a terrific job. He is affordable, musically talented and easy to work with. I chose all of the ceremony and cocktail hour music and Zach performed it all beautifully. In fact, many of my guests were very impressed with him and requested his information to hire him for their future events. I found Zach to be a pleasure to work with and very accommodating. Don't worry if he doesn't respond right away to your calls or emails, he is a busy man, but well worth pursuing. I would recommend Zach to anyone for their future events.
Price Range: $125 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
I perform for a variety of functions, so what you can expect overall is a professional level of preparedness and flexibility.
For my weddings, I play all types of genres, including learning new songs if a client requests me to do so. Some popular songs that I have played include Sweet Child of Mine, Thousand Years, and a large variety of contemporary Christian covers.
Zachary Graft has been playing violin and Irish fiddle since the age of 10. Currently working on his Master’s of Music degree in Violin Performance at Michigan State University, Zachary graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Grand Valley State University. Throughout his collegiate training, Zachary has maintained a private teaching studio, performed at countless weddings, and enjoys playing Irish music when he can.
His most notable musical achievement was when he won the Audience Prize at the 2013 White Lake Chamber Music Festival Young Artists’ competition. He has been nominated twice for a (link hidden) “Shammy” award for favorite solo Irish performer.
He resides in the Hudsonville, Michigan area with his wife and two kids.
Additional Booking Notes
As an acoustic musician, I don't require much. However, depending on the size of venue as well as number of guests, amplification may be required.
This is on a case by case scenario.
Upcoming Booked Events
|June 22, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Festival|
Past Booked Events
|April 27, 2019 • 9:00pm - 9:15pm||Personal Occasion|
|April 13, 2019 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 16, 2019 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 22, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Birthday Party|
|November 17, 2018 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 07, 2018 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 29, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 01, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 16, 2018 • 3:30pm - 3:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 09, 2018 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 16, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Engagement|
|February 10, 2018 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|December 29, 2017 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm||Surprise|
|November 18, 2017 • 5:30pm - 7:00pm||Dinner Party|
|October 13, 2017 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 16, 2017 • 5:30pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 14, 2017 • 5:30pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 10, 2017 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 25, 2017 • 11:00am - 12:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 03, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 08, 2017 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
|April 20, 2017 • 7:30am - 8:30am||Fundraiser|
|March 12, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Baby Shower|
|July 16, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 21, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 23, 2016 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|August 14, 2015||Anniversary Party|
Can play most any song/genre on request.
For a classical recital: Expect to hear some solo violin works such as Telemann's 12 Fantasies for Solo violin, and a collection of other works (for classical bookings, a pianist can be provided for an additional charge).
Celtic or other folk music bookings, I will generally play a variety of uptempo tunes as well as some more melodic airs and songs.
Influences & Inspiration
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