Vicente Zarzo Pitarch has performed and taught in many parts of the world, but especially in Spain and Mexico, and has written pedagogical works for the horn.
Zarzo was born in Benaguacil, Valencia and studied at the conservatory in Valencia.
Zarzo has had positions as solo horn with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburg, the National Orchestra of Mexico, and for 25 years with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, Netherlands. He has been professor of horn and natural horn at the University of Mexico, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreux, Switzerland.
Zarzo is a guest professor at Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia, Conservatorio Superior del Liceo in Barcelona, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the Balearic Islands (Palma, Mallorca). He has recorded the Brahms Horn Trio, the Hindemith concertos, works of Amando Blanquer, and the Mozart Quintet K452 with Radu Lupu (nominated for the Grand Prix du Disc).
Composers who have written works especially for Zarzo include Wim Laman, Jan Van Vlijmen, Hans Henkemans, Paul Ro, Eduardo Mata, and Amando Blanquer.
Zarzo was honored with the Punto award at the 2004 International Horn Symposium in Valencia, Spain. In the same year, the Valencia Academy of Music appointed him as “Insigne de la Musica of Valencia.” He wrote an article about his collection of horns for the February 1995 issue of The Horn Call.