Educational work is at the heart of Robin Zebaida's musical career, in which he has built up an international following, particularly in the Far East.
Robin Zebaida has served on the juries of international piano competitions and is in frequent demand for adjudication, masterclasses and lecture recitals. For over a decade he examined extensively in the UK and overseas up to Diploma level for ABRSM, the world's leading provider of graded music exams and assessments. If his voice has a familiar ring, it may be because he also was involved in recording and presenting ABRSM aural training material.
His experience in broadcasting - notably for the BBC World Service - and public speaking, combined with a sparkling yet sympathetic manner, and a gift for communicating with young musicians, make him a popular choice at music festivals.
Robin Zebaida has on several occasions adjudicated for Music for Youth (UK), and the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, two of the world's largest youth music festivals. In 2009 he was a juror at the Final of the Steinway International Youth Piano Competition and the Jacques Samuel Piano Festival.
More recently, Robin Zebaida has been invited to take part as a juror in the Macau-Asia Pacific Youth Piano Competitions in 2013, 2015 and 2017, and the Hong Kong-Asia Open Piano Competitions in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. He has also regularly been on the panel of judges since 2013 for:
- HK Youth Barclampory Music Festival
- Asia Pacific Outstanding Youth Piano
- Great Melody School Music Festival
- HK International Music Association
Robin Zebaida gives masterclasses in piano and musicianship. He has also covered harp, singing and chamber music. He has taught in three languages (English, French and German) and in several countries including:-
Hungary (Leo Weiner Institute)
Malaysia (Kuching, Penang)
Sri Lanka (Kandy, Galle, and Colombo, including teacher workshops on repertoire for the British Council in Colombo)
Thailand (Bangkok Chopin Society and American University Alumni Hall, Chiang Mai)
Hong Kong (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK Piano Education Association, Great Melody School of Music, More than Music)
USA (Summer Harp Academy, Louisville. KY)
Lecture Recitals &
Given on a wide variety of musical subjects, on land and at sea, lecture recitals usually take the form of loosely themed piano recitals enhanced by informative, interesting and humorous introductions of the works performed.
Lectures on various aspects of music - performing, composers, musical periods, aural training, interpretation and style - are also available.
Recent topics have included:-
Preparing for graded examinations and competitions;
Creative fingering: A creative look at practical fingering.
Off the beaten track: A leisurely trawl through some less familiar gems of the teaching and concert repertoire.
Aural training: the fundamental importance of aural perception and how to improve it;
Performing and teaching diplomas.
Music in my life.
Some of your comments:
I loved the interpretation lectures and masterclasses by Robin Zebaida. Hearing him speak and play was inspiring for the students of all ages and performance levels.
It has been a delight to work with you to deliver such a beautiful three day lecture. And I am super grateful for your fabulous class and performance. I am looking forward to cooperating with you again,
SC, China (3 day recital + lectures on piano performing and teaching diplomas)