Kimberly M. Zaleski, a native of Garrison, New York, has dedicated her career to performing, teaching and composing music. Presently, she plays in IN2ATIVE, an avant-garde flute and cello duo that specializes in a fusion of musical genres incorporating the street rhythms of beat-box with contemporary improvisational techniques. All of their works are original compositions. IN2ATIVE dedicates their time to performing within the community, and have been invited as Musicians-in-Residence at the Cleveland Clinic. The band is also on the roster of the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning Agency where they are booked to perform and do workshops for students of all ages. This fall, they are very excited to be performing for and working with music students at Penn State University. IN2ATIVE is a first prize winner of the 2014 Ohio Arts Presenters Network competition.
Kimberly serves as principal flutist of the TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra and has also performed with the Canton Symphony, Cleveland Opera Theatre and New World Symphony. She is a finalist of both Astral Artists Musical Agency in Philadelphia and also Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW Program at the Juilliard School. She holds the distinction of being the first piccoloist on the nationally broadcast radio show, “From the Top.”
Throughout high school, Ms. Zaleski was a student of Renée Siebert of the New York Philharmonic. She studied at the Juilliard School under the instruction of Dr. Bradley Garner before pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she was a recipient of both the Britton Johnson Memorial Prize and the Richard Franko Goldman Scholarship as a student of renowned soloist, Marina Piccinini. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she pursued her Master’s degree under the tutelage of the Principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra, Joshua Smith.
In addition to her performance career, she is currently serving as flute faculty at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, and also teaches at Birchwood School as well as her own private flute studio. This past summer, she was invited as music faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska, working with elementary through high school students.