Robin Zebaida, Pianist   Biography

Described after a Liszt recital as 'a pianist of Herculean stamina', British born Robin Zebaida enjoys a performing career that has frequently taken him around the world. Highlights of recent seasons have included visits to USA, Canada - where he collaborated with the Orchestre Métropolitain under Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Central America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, where his Sydney recital was reported as achieving 'a warmth and empathy with the audience rarely seen'. At home in London he has performed at several venues including St John's Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Versatile recital programmes encompass the standard repertoire from Bach to Gershwin, as well as less familiar fare. Particular areas of interest include Russian music, orchestral and vocal transcriptions, and music for the left hand; these are reflected in a CD, 'Off the Beaten Track', on the Regent label. In a career which embraces many aspects of music making, he also appears as an accompanist, chamber music partner and concerto soloist. He founded and directs Classical Cornucopia, a flexibly sized group of freelance professional musicians, which made its debut in January 2007.

Away from the concert platform, Robin Zebaida's broadcasting experience includes studio recordings and live appearances on radio and television for several national and foreign networks. As a Steinway Artist he was specially chosen to demonstrate the qualities of the 'Rolls Royce of the piano world' in an interview for the BBC World Service to mark the publication of a new history of Steinway pianos.

Robin Zebaida enjoys the opportunity to combine recital tours with teaching. As well as individual coaching for pianists and chamber groups, he has given masterclasses around the globe in English, French and German for various educational establishments and under the auspices of the British Council. He also works as an international adjudicator and has examined for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Robin Zebaida was born and educated in London, England, later winning an Exhibition to read music at New College, Oxford, from where he graduated with maximum distinction in performance. He completed his formal studies with a postgraduate year at the Royal College of Music.

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