Zara Rivera is a versatile Horn player, trained in the classical tradition but interested in cultivating mindfulness through contemporary music and art practice and experimentation.

She has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, with the LA-based modern music collective wild Up, the American Youth Symphony, and at a variety of venues including REDCAT at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Concert Hall, the Broad Stage, and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Zara was a Musician-in-Residence at the University of California San Diego with Trio Kobayashi. A proponent of contemporary music, Zara has performed at the Darmstadt Summer Festival for New Music in Germany, the Klangspuren Music Festival in Schwaz, Austria with the International Ensemble Modern Academy, and the Dog Star Orchestra Festival. She has premiered new works by composers Mark Trayle, Ulrich Krieger, Jurg Frey, Andrew McIntosh and also worked with composers George Benjamin and Marc Sabat.  Zara has a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor of Music degree (cum laude) from Northwestern University where she also studied visual art, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.