School of Music

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Ghyas Zeidieh
Instructor, Cello
Browne Hall 218
Email: G-Zeidieh@wiu.edu

French-born Syrian cellist, Ghyas Zeidieh, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Iowa and is currently writing his dissertation on the Cello Concerto of Syrian composer, Nouri Iskandar, for which he has won numerous travel and research grants. He has also served as teaching assistant and earned his M.A. from Iowa and has trained in Syria, earning his B.M. from the National Syrian Conservatory.

A Suzuki Association of the Americas certified teacher, additional teaching and chamber music coaching experiences include classes at the Damascus Conservatory, Al Shabibeh Institute of Damascus, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (NH), UI String Quartet Residency and Community Outreach Coordinator, and faculty member at the Harmony School of Music (IA). He has been a guest cello faculty member at the Preucil School of Music (IA), Iowa All-State Strings Workshop, and Valley City State University (ND).

An active orchestral musician, Ghyas has played with many orchestras in the Middle East, including the National Syrian Orchestra, Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra, Syrian Orchestra for Oriental Music, Kings Academy (Jordan), the Arab Youth Orchestra, and the Euro-Med Orchestra. He can be heard on several Syrian film scores. Zeidieh has performed with numerous American ensembles including the National Geographic Midwestern Tour (MN and IL), Revival Theater Company (IA), Theater Cedar Rapids (IA), Dubuque Symphony (IA), Quincy Symphony (IL), and the Dirt Road Ensemble (NH). Past summer music festival experiences include performances at Apple Hill, Salem Music Festival (NY), and Weekend of Chamber Music (NY).

Apart from his musical interests, Mr. Zeidieh has earned his D.D.S. at the Damascus University, and is a soccer and ping-pong enthusiast!