Zaiba Sheikh

Collaborative Pianist Zaiba Sheikh has served on the collaborative piano staff of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Opera on Tour, ARIA International Summer Music Academy, and LMFL programs in Bristol, U.K. and Llandovery, Wales and Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France.  Before moving to Charlotte, she also served as Choir Accompanist, Assistant Music Director for Musicals, and French teacher at University School, a private boy’s preparatory high school in Hunting Valley, Ohio.  In the Charlotte region she has served as pianist for faculty and students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as at Winthrop University.

As a student of Menachem Pressler and Leonard Hokanson at Indiana University, she earned the Bachelor of Music Degree, and added a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music under Anne Epperson and Russell Miller. She then was offered a position on the Collaborative Piano Staff at that prestigious school. Zaiba Sheikh has widely collaborated with her husband violinist David Russell, the Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Music at UNC Charlotte, in recitals in the U.S., Canada, China, Spain and the U.K.  She is currently the Pianist and Music Director for Opera Carolina’s Opera Xpress as well as a teacher for Project Harmony with Arts+, where she implements techniques from the Dalcroze Method to engage students in learning music through movement.

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