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Zinia Chan : Associate Artist

Photo of Zinia Chan

Photo: Pia Johnson

Artist website: http://www.ziniachan.com/

Australian early-career composer, Zinia Chan's diverse and immersive work captures the connections between the natural environment and humans through recorded sounds, music notations, poetry, and paintings.

Renowned for her cutting-edge, community-minded approach, Chan's extensive work in theatre, film and contemporary music has garnered her opportunities to work with the likes of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Song Company, Gondwana Chorale, Ensemble Françaix, the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mohworks Films, the Grainger Museum, and Science Gallery Melbourne. Her ability to view art-making from multiple perspectives fortifies not only her compositional work, but her position as an in-demand Artistic Director and Community Educator with organisations such as DeepBlue, the Brisbane-based ensemble fusing orchestral and electronic repertoire with multilateral visual projections and choreography. In 2013, she joined DeepBlue as their resident pianist and in 2016, welcomed the ensemble's invitation to join as a committee member on the Board.

Australian composer, Zinia Chan's pivotal, multidisciplinary approach to her craft continues to attract the interest of organisations dedicated to supporting young and emerging Australian composers. She was a recipient of the 2023 Catherine Mary Sullivan Scholarship in Music Composition, 2020 Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Composition Award, facilitating a commission for award-winning chamber ensemble, Syzygy Ensemble to be performed during MRC's 2022 Awaken season. Chan was also awarded the 2020 Australian Music Centre MOMENTUM II Commission (funded by Cinque Artist Management), a recipient of full bursary to Gondwana Composer School (as part of the Gondwana National Choral School 2018) and in 2016 received the Sonic State Queensland Microfestival Commission (supported by Chris Perren, Luke Jaaniste, Metro Arts). She is the grateful recipient of COVID recovery funding from City of Melbourne (Oceanis Collective Commission, 2020).

One of the strongest driving factors behind Zinia's innovative practice is her passion for collaboration and turning far-reaching artistic concepts into reality.

Zinia Chan is currently a Master of Music (Research) composition student at The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) under the supervision of Melody Eötvös and Elliot Gyger, and a 2022 cohort member of the Global Leaders Institute for Art Innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction (Performance and Music and Sound Production) from Queensland University of Technology, studied conducting with Mark Shiell, composition studies with Ade Vincent, and completed her Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition) at The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) under Dr Brenton Broadstock AM and Dr Christine McCombe.

Chan is always striving to further expand on her knowledge and ability to support diversity and accessibility in the music and arts industry.

Zinia Chan — current to July 2023

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2023 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Electroacoustic / Sound Art Finalist Gaze Upon the Liquid Sky
2020 Momentum Commissions MOMENTUM II Commission

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Brushstrokes of Time : orchestra (2022) Composed as part of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music workshop.
Gaze Upon the Liquid Sky : oboe, piano and fixed media (2022) Commissioned by Jasper Ly to pay homage to the vastness of our Australian sky.
Autumn Dawn : SSAA choir (2019) Commissioned by Majellan Singers.
In The Land of Curiosity (2019) Composed for Ensemble Françaix in conjunction with Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as part of the Graduate Diploma Concert
Three (2019) Commissioned by New Stage Concert Series
Can You Feel the Sun : Our Place (2019) Commissioned by Deep Blue, Queensland Choir.