Zacharias S. Falkenberg - born in Beijing and growing up in Cologne, Hamburg and Hong Kong - is a composer, conductor and musician currently residing in Berlin. His compositions were performed amongst others by Matangi, Jong Metropole Orchestra, The Chronometer's Orchestra, Metropole Academy Orchestra, Het Gelders Orkest, Orkest de Ereprijs, and Alma Quartet. In 2016 Falkenberg got rewarded with the prestigious Rogier van Otterloo Award. An award for his work as composer, conductor and ensemble leader. He is the co-founder and artistic leader of The Chronometer's Orchestra. In recent times Falkenberg is known for his collaboration with Henrik Schwarz that lead to a sold out concert at the Elphilharmonie Hamburg in March 2019.
Zacharias shows within young age that he is a curious composer and arranger that thinks outside the box. He also reveals a strong sense for different musical styles through a repertoire where composed music easily is integrated with improvised music.
(...) [We are] positively suprised by the distinct and genuine structure of [Zacharias'] compositions. In his works for bigger ensembles he plays with surprising combinations of instruments and his works show undeniable expertise without being too academically. Besides the high level of craftsmanship Zacharias also exposes a broad and very formative conceptual range of sounds.
- Jules Buckley & Martin Fondse (2016)
his orchestra is special through its concept, exciting through the combination of different styles that seamlessly merge together, which may be mentioned as a compliment for the composer, who passes glamorously in a field where a lot of predecessors hopelessly got lost.
- Tom Beetz, Jazzflits.nl