Angela began piano lessons with her father, New Zealand pianist and composer, Douglas Zanders when she was 4 years old, continuing her studies with Vera Yelverton when she was 14. In the same year, Angela gave her first public performance of a Haydn piano concerto in St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden in London and in the following year she was soloist in a Mozart Piano Concerto at the Purcell Room, South Bank in London with a string orchestra conducted by Howard Shelley.
Angela later studied with Hungarian pianist Joseph Weingarten on the Performer’s Course at Trinity College of Music in London, winning many prizes, including the Lady Maud Warrender Prize and the John Halford Prize for piano. After Trinity College, she won an Austrian Government Scholarship for a year’s study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, working with Walter Panhofer. It was in Vienna that Angela was able to develop her already deep love of the music of the Viennese classics – Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, who’s piano and chamber works she delights in performing.
Angela has performed at festivals and music societies as piano soloist and concerto soloist extensively across the UK, including many London venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields and St. James’, Piccadilly. She has also performed in Germany, Austria and Spain and in 2015 performed at venues in Sydney, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand in recitals dedicated to the memory of her late father, Douglas Zanders, who was well- known in both countries as a superb pianist and accompanist.
Apart from the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Angela performs the music of Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Brahms and many other classic and twentieth and twenty-first century composers. She is also particularly interested in discovering and performing the music of forgotten female composers, such as Fanny Mendelssohn and Amy Beach. She has performed Fanny Mendelssohn’s great work ‘Das Jahr’ several times in recent years and given recitals devoted to the works of Amy Beach, as well as recitals presenting a range of piano works by other female composers.
Angela loves to introduce her programmes with background information about the music and the composers, making the music accessible and enlightening for all her audiences, regardless of their level of knowledge.
Angela is available to give piano recitals and is happy to discuss programmes and presentation suitable to the needs of your venue and audience. She is also available as concerto soloist.
“This was a fantastic performance of Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, enhanced by being played following a superb introduction to Beethoven’s music.” David Tinsley (Funtington Music Group)
“Angela is a strong and dextrous pianist who has impressed a great many people – an excellent performance and well-received by an attentive lunch-time audience.” New Zealand House, London
“With our warmest thanks to Angela for giving us such a wonderful and inspiring evening.” Liss Festival of the Arts