Angela Zanders was born in London and began piano lessons with her father, New Zealand pianist, Douglas Zanders. She went on to study at The Purcell School, Trinity College of Music and Goldsmiths’ College in London and the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna. At Trinity College, where she studied with Joseph Weingarten, Angela won several competitions and awards. She later studied chamber music with Murray Perahia, William Pleeth and Raphael Wallfisch.
Angela has a special interest in promoting the accessibility of classical music through talks and lecture recitals. She has many years’ experience of lecturing in Music Appreciation, both for Birkbeck College, University of London and for the WEA in Hampshire.
For several years, Angela has been giving regular and widely acclaimed lecture recital series, each focusing on the music and the background to topics in classical music of significant and popular public interest. In recent years she has covered subjects such as the music of Mozart and other contemporary Viennese classical composers, the music of the French Impressionists,the music of Chopin and Mendelssohn and other early Romantic composers, the influence of the French Revolution on the music of Beethoven and the life and music of Schubert. In each recital, Angela explains about the composers and their music with the help of descriptive Power Point presentations and aims to include a variety of songs, solo piano and chamber music for which she is joined in performance by other professional musicians. Angela also gives solo lecture recitals, one of her most recent being on the subject of Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, which she concluded with a performance of the work.
Performance & Accompaniment
Angela has performed all over the UK, including venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank and St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields and St. David’s Hall in Cardiff. She has also performed in Germany, Spain, the Canary Islands, Austria and the USA, both as soloist and accompanist and as pianist in the Solarek Piano Trio, which she formed in 1992. She is in considerable demand as a freelance accompanist and coaches instrumentalists and singers for concerts and examinations. For ten years Angela was accompanist at the Centre for Young Musicians in London. She is currently an accompanist at the University of Chichester.
Teaching & Appreciation
Angela has taught piano and theory for many years, both privately and for the Junior Academy at Trinity College of Music, as well as for schools in London and Hampshire. She also runs her own musicianship classes for children and in 2007 wrote and performed in ‘Bringing Classical Music to Life’, a show introducing children to classical music and composers. Angela is currently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester where she teaches piano. She also teaches musicianship and coaches instrumentalists and ensembles at the University of Chichester Music Academy.
Angela continues to perform widely as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician throughout the UK and abroad while pursuing a busy teaching and lecturing schedule.
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