Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at Oklahoma City University - Wanda L. Bass School of Music
Associate Principal Cello position with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Born in Krakow, Poland began his cello education at the age of seven at the M. Karlowicz School of Music. He furthered his studies at the Music Academy in Krakow in the studio of world-renowned cello teacher Prof. Henryk Zarzycki. In 1993 Zieba came to the United States on a full artistic scholarship. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at Texas Christian University and received a Masters of Music degree and Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University under the instruction of John Burton, Ko Iwasaki and Christopher Adkins..
While studying in Texas, Zieba has performed in many countries including Spain, Austria, Germany, Poland, France, Mexico, and numerous cities in the United States. During that time he has also served as principal cellist of the Irving Symphony Orchestra, co-principal cellist of the Plano Symphony Orchestra and received orchestral appointments with New World Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Krakow Philharmonic.
In recent years Zieba has performed and taught many master classes, workshops and music festivals including European Musical Workshops in Kolobrzeg (Poland), Music Academy in Katowice (Poland), Oficina de Música de Curitiba (Brazil), Amici Della Musica in Lucera (Italy), UTPA Pan American Cello Festival and completed his first solo performance tour in China.
Zieba is a dedicated pedagogue and active cello instructor/performer in the Oklahoma City metro area. In the past many of his students have been placed with Oklahoma All-State Orchestra, won numerous local and national competitions, have gone on to be accepted into the best music programs in the US and abroad. Mr. Zieba currently performs with the OCU Faculty String Quartet, Classen Trio, Tactus Ensembe and directs OCU Cellovoce Ensemble and International Cello Festival "Hello - Cello" in Krakow, Poland.
Mr. Zieba performs on the cello made by German luthier Schweitzer in 1880.