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:

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:

Be a Zenith Chamber Music Festival VIP!

On the evening of our opening concert this season, we will have complimentary bar access for our VIPs! Persons with VIP status will also have access to a reception with the musicians following the concert. This is the best opportunity throughout the festival to get to know the distinguished musicians behind the music! Take pictures, ask questions, have some drinks, and learn about chamber musicianship from local and traveling artists.

The VIP reception will take place after the concert at the Temple for Performing Arts, on August 14th at 7:30 p.m.

Want to have access to an open bar AND the VIP wine reception at the opening night of the festival? Purchase your VIP pass here. Time is running out!

See you soon!

2018 Season Kickoff with Quartet 515!

This year, the season will begin with an event unlike any other in Zenith Chamber Music Festival history. On Saturday, August 11th at noon, there will be a pop up concert at Raygun Shirts in Des Moines’ East Village featuring local string ensemble, Quartet 515! Quartet 515 was formed in 2015 from a desire to create beautiful chamber music within the local Des Moines community. The musicians are Hanna Wolle on violin, Nina Liu on violin, Joyce Beyer on viola, and Paul Virgilio on cello. If you would like to learn more about Quartet 515, visit their Facebook page here.

Come see us Saturday, August 11th at noon for great free music, and t-shirts, and lots of fun!

Concert Schedule for August 14-18, 2018

August 14, 7:30 p.m.: Temple for Performing Arts

1011 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

  • Are you a Zenith Chamber Music Festival VIP yet?. This night only, VIPs receive a complimentary bar access and an invitation to the musician reception following the concert. To reserve your VIP tickets at $20 each, visit here!

August 15, 6:00 p.m.: Jasper Winery
2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321

August 16, 1:30 p.m. – Masterclass: Sheslow Auditorium
2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

August 16, 6:30 p.m. – Damani Phillips Jazz Quartet: Johnston Public Library

  • 6700 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131

August 17, 7:30 p.m.: Plymouth Church
4126 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312

August 18, 7:30 p.m.: Drake University, Sheslow Auditorium
2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

All concerts are free admission.