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All of our concerts are free and that is because Zenith Chamber Music Festival is completely donor funded. We couldn’t do this without your support.

If you are able to donate, you can do so electronically or through the mail.

If you would like to donate online please visit this link: https://alumni.drake.edu/zenith

If you would like to donate through the mail, please send a check to the following address.

Drake University
C/O Doug Lampe
Zenith Chamber Music Festival
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, Iowa
50311

Please make the check out to Drake University and in the memo, please write Zenith Chamber Music Festival. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the contact form on this website.

Thank you so much for your generous support!

2019 Zenith Musicians

Opening Concert: Amit Peled

We can’t wait for our opening night concert with Amit Peled! Who else is excited?

“Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. At 6’5” tall, Peled started life as a basketball player and was called “larger than life” and “Jacqueline du Pré in a farmer’s body” when he enveloped his cello. Peled strives to break down the barriers of the concert hall, about which The Baltimore Sun wrote, “His amiable and inviting personality is exactly the type everyone says we’ll need more of if classical music is to survive.” From 2012 through 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, which was loaned to him personally by Casals’ widow, Marta Casals Istomin.”

Meet Sheldon Person

Meet our 2019 Zenith Artist, Sheldon Pearson!

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, violist Sheldon Person has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 2011. He was previously a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as soloist and guest principal with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Sheldon serves as a faculty artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and an artist at the Zenith Chamber Music Festival.

For more information on Sheldon, check out his full bio on our website: http://zenith.wp.drake.edu/sheldon-person/

Meet Zenith’s Artistic Director

Meet our 2019 Zenith Artist and incredible Zenith Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director, Ashley Sandor Sidon!

Ashley Sandor Sidon has performed solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Canada, and Asia. She holds a D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where her primary teacher was Yehuda Hanani, and is an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival. Dr. Sidon is the Briggs Endowed Professor of Cello at Drake University and prior to this appointment, taught at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. Dr. Sidon has been an invited performer and clinician internationally, including solo performances in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, British Columbia, Taiwan, Italy, Germany, France, Poland, and Brazil. Nationally, her performances as a chamber musician and as an orchestral soloist have taken her to the leading universities and concert stages from Maine to California. An advocate for new music, Ashley Sidon has commissioned new works by Phillip Koplow, Matthew Quayle, Roger Vogel, Miguel del Aguila, and William Dougherty and has given the Poland premiere of Ned Rorem’s cello concerto. She has premiered new chamber music and unaccompanied works nationally, including New York City, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Des Moines, and internationally, including Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, and Vancouver.

For more on Dr. Sidon, check out her full bio on our website: http://zenith.wp.drake.edu/ashley-sandor-sidon/

Meet Helen Hwaya Kim

Meet our 2019 Zenith Artist, Helen Hwaya Kim!

Helen Hwaya Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.Praised for her “Commanding presence and compelling artistry “ by the 
Ottawa citizen, her recent season highlights include debut performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the 2019 San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival.

Ms. Kim is the full professor of violin at Kennesaw State University. Ms. Kim earned her Bachelor and Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Cho-Liang Lin and Dorothy DeLay. While attending Juilliard, she was a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition and served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. She is the recipient of more than one hundred national and international awards. In 1992, she won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York and, as a result, gave debut recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival.

For more information on Ms. Kim, check out her full bio on our website: http://zenith.wp.drake.edu/helenkim/

Meet Anna Reider

Meet our 2019 Zenith Artist, Anna Reider!

The Cincinnati Enquirer has called violinist Anna Reider “superb,” “a showstopper,” and a “solo artist of the highest caliber.” Born in Russia to a family of musicians, Ms. Reider began her violin studies at the age of six, following in the footsteps of both her father (Vladimir Reider) and her grandfather (Itzhak Reider), and has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, Russia and Israel as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician.

For more information on Ms. Reider, check out her full bio on our website: http://zenith.wp.drake.edu/annareider/