percussion (faculty associate)
Gregory Zuber is principal percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, having joined the orchestra in 1986, and with its alter identities, the MET Orchestra and MET Chamber Ensemble. Prior to that, from 1985 to 1986, he was principal percussionist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Zuber holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois where he studied with Tom Siwe, and a Master of Music degree from Temple University, studying with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also studied with James Ross of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zuber attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and the National Music Camp at Interlochen. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the Tanglewood Music Festival, with the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
He can be heard on weekly international radio broadcasts, live from the Metropolitan Opera, as well as television broadcasts, and on many cd recordings and laser discs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and MET Orchestra on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon, and EMI recording labels. With the orchestra, he has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Mr. Zuber is an active soloist, recitalist, composer, and clinician, and performs regularly with Percussionists of the Met and his wife, flutist Patricia Zuber. In addition to being on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music he is a faculty member of the Juilliard School and the UBS Verbier Music Festival. In October of 2002 he premiered Legend
composed by Hseuh-Yung Shen, for solo percussionist and orchestra at Carnegie Hall with James Levine and the MET Orchestra.