French-born Syrian cellist and conductor, Dr. Ghyas Zeidieh is an active musician and educator in the Iowa and Illinois region. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and master’s from the University of Iowa, and his bachelor’s from the Damascus Conservatory. His dissertation topic is on the Cello Concerto of Syrian composer, Nouri Iskandar.
Zeidieh serves as the director for the Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra and both the Dubuque Symphony Youth String Ensemble and Philharmonia. An advocate for education, Ghyas has completed Suzuki Association training and currently serves as a Teaching Artist and Program Coordinator at Harmony School of Music in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Dr. Zeidieh was the Instructor of Cello at Western Illinois University, where he was a member of the Julstrom faculty String Quartet. An active orchestral musician, Ghyas has played with many orchestras in the Middle East, including the National Syrian Orchestra, Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Arab Youth Orchestra, and the Euro-Med Orchestra, and can be heard on several Syrian film scores. Dr. Zeidieh has performed with numerous American ensembles including the National Geographic Midwestern Tour (MN and IL), Revival Theater Company (IA), Theater Cedar Rapids (IA), Dubuque Symphony (IA), Quincy Symphony (IL), and the Dirt Road Ensemble (NH). Since 2010, he has been involved with the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in N.H, serving as playing for peace participant, counselor and camp director.