Principal Percussionist, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
|Gregory Zuber is the principal percussionist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has been a member of the orchestra since 1986. He has toured the United States, Europe, and Japan with the Met, and appeared with the orchestra as a concerto soloist at Carnegie Hall. He can be heard regularly on Met Opera radio broadcasts, satellite radio broadcasts, and HD movie theater broadcasts.
As a solo recitalist he has performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Verbier Music Festival, at the Leigh Stevens Marimba Seminar, and the New York Chamber Music Festival.
He performs regularly with the Met Chamber Ensemble and also the New York Chamber Music Festival.
He has premiered many works and received works from numerous commissions including those by Seymour Barab, Eric Ewazen, Wayne Petersen, Hsueh-Yung Shen, William Susman, Jude Vaclavik, Alejandro Viñao, and Charles Wuorinen.
He has taught at The Juilliard School since 1993 and been a coach for the Verbier Music Festival since 2000 and as an adjunct faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory. His students have gone on to play with many of the most esteemed orchestras in the world.
Mr. Zuber was born in Boston and grew up in Chicago. As a student he attended the National Music Camp (now the Interlochen Center for the Arts), the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Illinois, and graduate school at Temple University. As a student, he was a member of the National Repertory Orchestra and a Fellow at the Tanglewood Center for the Arts, as well as performing in the Chicago Civic Orchestra.
Before joining the Met he served as Principal Percussionist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra for one season. His teachers include Tom Siwe of the University of Illinois, James Ross of the Chicago Symphony, and Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mr. Zuber has the pleasure of performing chamber music with his wife, flutist Patricia Zuber. He is an avid downhill skier, lap swimmer, and cyclist. He has two wonderful daughters!