Principal Timpani and Percussion

Feza Zweifel

Last updated: August 16, 2022

Currently timpanist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ontario, Feza Zweifel maintains an active schedule as a versatile performer and arranger. Prior to graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Feza appeared frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera, and Concerto Soloists. He appears regularly as an extra or substitute percussionist/timpanist with the Cleveland Orchestra, having toured and recorded with them extensively. He has been a guest assistant principal timpanist of the Boston Symphony, NY Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony; has been guest principal timpanist of the LA Philharmonic, Ft. Worth Symphony; and has played with the Sarasota Opera and the orchestras of Indianapolis, Colorado, Columbus, Alabama, Ft. Wayne, Florida, Florida West Coast, Toledo, and Charleston (SC). He has also served as principal percussionist of Opera Cleveland and the Blossom Festival Orchestra, and principal timpanist and percussionist of the Blossom Festival Band. Feza has also participated in the music festivals of Aspen, LA Philharmonic Institute, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Institute, Colorado Music Festival, and Ojai, CA.  

Feza is co-founder of Burning River Brass, he is a founding member of Proteus 7, and he has arranged extensively for both ensembles. His arrangements can be heard in concert, as well as on the ten CDs that have been released between the two groups. As an educator, Feza has served on the faculties of Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, and Case Western Reserve University. He has given master classes at the Royal College in London, Glen Gould Conservatory, University of Southern California, Duquesne University, Southern Methodist University, and the Tanglewood Music Center, among others. Feza is a Freer Percussion and Pearl/Adams Concert Artist.

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