“a funky, well oiled machine”

(ottawa citizen)


hailing from winnipeg; ottawa based percussionist zac pulak studied at the university of ottawa under the tutelage of jonathan wade and kenneth simpson, receiving an undergraduate degree in 2014.

since then, zac has worked with world class organizations such as the national arts centre, music and beyond, ottawa international chamberfest, banff centre, scotia festival of music and many others. zac has completed artist residencies at the banff centre, SMU (dallas, tx), and vormingscentrum destelheide (belgium). recently, zac was featured as one of CBC’s 30 hot canadian classical musicians under 30.

as a freelance orchestral musician zac has performed with the national arts centre orchestra, thirteen strings chamber orchestra, and the symphony orchestra’s of ottawa, thunder bay, and winnipeg.

as an emerging artist zac is the recipient of numerous awards including the city of ottawa’s youth in culture pilot program grant (2016, 2017, 2018), a 2019 ARTicipate endowment fund grant, an ontario arts council chalmers professional development grant (2018-2019) which funded a mentorship with canadian virtuoso beverley johnston, and in 2020 was shortlisted as one of ottawa arts council’s RBC emerging artists of the year. other recent highlights include performing alongside the gryphon trio and national arts centre musicians in the world premiere of rob kapilow’s new octet “après maman”.

dedicated to the creation and dissemination of new and rarefied sounds, zac’s piano/percussion duo SHHH!! ensemble (with pianist edana higham) has been focussing on developing a new repertoire for this seldom explored ensemble.

zac is an artist/endorser of mike balter mallets, grover pro percussion, and SABIAN cymbals.

“the program ends with the premiere of kelly-marie murphy’s dr. blue’s incredible bone-shaking drill engine, a rousing piece for solo percussion expertly played by zac pulak”

(the wholenote)