Zaiba Y. Sheikh
Collaborative Pianist/Accompanist/Teaching Artist
11100 Lorwind Court
Charlotte, NC 28262
Pianist Zaiba Sheikh has served on the collaborative piano staff of the Cleveland Institute of Music, 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 as well as adjunct accompanying staff at The Cleveland Institute of Music. 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. She has been the recipient of two grants, selected from artists statewide, through the Arts and Science Council of North Carolina.
As a student of Menachem Pressler and Leonard Hokanson at Indiana University, she earned a 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 served on the Collaborative Piano Staff at that prestigious school.
Zaiba Sheikh has widely collaborated with her husband violinist David Russell, 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 in her fifth year as Music Director/ Pianist for Opera Carolina’s Opera Xpress.