He has participated in numerous orchestras and tango bands, namely the Tango Orchestra of the City of Buenos Aires, and the Orchestra of the Teatro Colón; also being invited as pianist in legendary musical groups such as Juan de Dios Filiberto, Juan José Mossalini, Antonio Agri and Rodolfo Mederos.
Zarate has also taken on the role of musical director for tango clubs such as “El Viejo Alamacén”, “Michellangelo”, “Piazzolla Tango”, as well as directing musical performances such as “Tango x 2” and “Tango Argentino”. He was the musical arranger for the film “Tango” (1998), directed by Carlos Saura with music composed by Lalo Schifrin.
Zarate has also been recognized for his musical direction and arrangements, having been part of award-winning albums by acts such as Guillermo Fernández (Premio Carlos Gardel 2002), and María Graña (“Rara, como encendida” – Premio Carlos Gardel 2004). He has personally been awarded Premio Clarín 2007, as recognition for his work in tango.
In 2012 he edited an album with guitarist Leonardo Sanchez, titled “El Dia que nos Quieran”, where these two re-interpret tango classics, and also present their own compositions. That same year Zarate directed the Juan de Dios Filiberto Orchestra at the Teatro del Globo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, presenting original compositions and arrangements.