Instructor of Cello and Chamber Music
Office: BC A206
Phone: (405) 208-4942
Tomasz Zieba joined the string faculty of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University in 2003. He also holds the 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 diploma from Southern Methodist University under the instruction of John Burton, Ko Iwasaki and Christopher Adkins. During his college years he participated in many private lessons, master classes and music festivals in the United States and abroad, polishing his cello performance craft with teachers like Stephen Geber, Ron Leonard, Desmond Hoebig and Brinton Smith.
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) and OCU Summer Music Festival (Oklahoma City, OK). He was also a member of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble and has recorded and performed the world premiere of K. Khanagov’s Cello Concerto No.1 Op.9.
Zieba is also a dedicated pedagogue and active cello instructor/performer in the Oklahoma City area. In the past many of his students have been placed with All-State orchestras, won numerous local and national competitions and have gone on to be accepted into the best music programs offered in the US and abroad. He currently performs with the OCU Faculty String Quartet, Classen Trio, Tactus Ensemble and directs the OCU Cellovoce Ensemble.