Belarusian- born pianist, Zinaida Zubova is an award winning piano soloist and music educator and comes from a rich Russian virtuoso tradition of piano playing. She commenced her professional studies first at Belarus State Conservatoire, Minsk. She was shortly awarded the RNCM full scholarship and moved to study under Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and Martin Roscoe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from which she had graduated with Honours Bachelor of Music Degree (RNCM) as well as Master of Music in Performance Degree (GSMD).
Zinaida's studies continued under coaching and direction from many acclaimed international pianists: Peter Donohoe, Ian Fountain, Lars Vogt, Alexander Melnikov, Leon McCawley, Ivan Klansky, Domenique Merlet, Barry Snyder and Edward Auer.
Since her début performance with the Belarusian State Symphony Orchestra at the National Philharmonic Hall, Minsk, Belarus she embarked on her career as a soloist and chamber music artist, giving performances in the UK and abroad.
She became a winner of II Chopin International Piano Competition, Marienbad, appeared on Czeck National Radio, and won numerous prizes at international piano competitions including Prague Spring International Piano Competition, Czech Republic and IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition, Italy amongst others.
Zinaida also won numerous awards and prizes in the UK including Tillet Trust Award, Alfred Clay Award for Piano Playing, Headley Trust Scholarship, Rachmaninov Award , Marjorie Clementi Award for the highest marks in performance RNCM, Peter Frankl Prize and was awarded LDSM full scholarship 4 times.
At the age of 18 Zinaida received a Presidential Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus for her achievements in the art of music.
Her music festival appearances include: Lake District Summer Music Festival, Cumbria; Bromsgrove Festival, Open Piano Competition , London; Bradfield Music Festival, Glories of the Keyboard festival, Manchester; London Master Classes, 4 Strings and 88 Keys Music Festival, Sheffield; RNCM Cello Festival, and Rose of the World Music Festival, Minsk.
Amongs others her concerts included recitals at Kyosato, Yamanashi, Japan; Great Hall of Prague Concervatoire, Belarus State Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Donnafugatta, Ragusa Ibla, Italy; Chatsworth House, Derbyshire; Upper Chappel , Sheffield; Shirley House, Sheffield; St.John’s at Ranmoor; Buscot House Theatre, Oxfordshire and Theatre by the Lake, Cumbria.
As well as being in high demand as a soloist Zinaida enjoys collaborating with many an international soloist and is an inspired chamber music performer. Zinaida is a founding member of the Zemlinsky Trio, she has also worked as an accompanist for the masterclasses with Ralf Kirshbaum, Karine Georgian, Bernard Gregor Smith and Eduardo Vassalo.
Zinaida is a staff judge at Open Piano Competition, London. She was a co-founding member of YCAA, a concert artist agency which represents new talents across the Yorkshire region.
Zinaida has been associated with musical projects and taught at numerous institutions including Junior RNCM, Manchester Grammar School, Glinka Music College, Belarus and St.Pauls School, London.
She is presently a tutor of piano at Birkdale School, Sheffield as well as enjoying extensive private practice and is currently a Director of Piano Academy Sheffield supporting new and emerging piano talents in Sheffield and beyond.