Timothy Zavadil joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2007 as clarinetist and bass clarinetist, and he has since played those instruments as well as E-flat clarinet, contrabass clarinet, basset horn and saxophones. He was previously a member of the Louisville Orchestra, Toledo Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, National, Toronto and St. Louis symphony orchestras, under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sir George Solti, David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, Franz Welser-Möst, Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach.
Zavadil has been active with a variety of summer festivals: he serves as bass clarinetist of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin, and has performed with the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and National Repertory Orchestra. He has also participated in the 1994 Solti Orchestral Project at Carnegie Hall.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Zavadil holds master and bachelor of music degrees from, respectively, Northwestern University and DePaul University, and counts J. Lawrie Bloom, Russell Dagon, John Bruce Yeh and Larry Combs among his primary teachers. He has taught at the University of Louisville and has performed chamber music with a number of ensembles based in the Twin Cities, Louisville and Toledo.
Zavadil returned to the Minnesota Orchestra in July 2014 after being on leave for the 2013-14 season.