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Ariel Zaviezo, Acting Principal Timpani

Are you a native Charlottean? 

Nope, born and raised in Santiago, Chile.


What was your musical upbringing like?

I learned Piano with the Suzuki method when I was about 8 years old...and learned that I didn't like the Piano too much, but I really liked the drums, so I started playing drum set instead.  

What drew you to your instrument?

I discovered the Timpani somewhat later in my career, but I fell in love with them rapidly when I learned of its complexities and how important its role is within the orchestra.

How were you inspired to be a professional musician?

It didn't happen for me until the first time I played with the National 

Symphony Orchestra of Chile. The piece was Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe (2nd Suite), and after that concert I was hooked. 

Can you describe what you’re thinking and feeling right before a concert starts?

It varies from concert to concert, but in general, I take a few deep breaths and think about how fortunate I am of making a living doing what I love, and how much joy our job brings, not only to me, but to our audience as well.

What’s the most memorable thing that’s happened on stage?

Might not be the most memorable, but I do remember dropping a few tears when we were playing Leia's theme during a pops concert- shortly after Carrie Fisher had past away- and an actress dress as Leia walked across the stage. 

What has been the highlight of your career with the Charlotte Symphony?

Mahler 2!

What music would you choose to program for a classics concert?

Anything from Shostakovich (Favorites Symphonies are 7 and 11), Bartok's 2nd Piano Concerto, and Kodaly's Hary Janos Suite. 

How do you give back to our community?

I just moved to Charlotte, so I haven't had the chance to work on it yet, but I am planning to volunteer at Charlotte's Food Bank pretty soon!

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