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Zinia Chan : Associate Artist


Photo of Zinia Chan

Photo: Jonathan South

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

Australian artist, Zinia Chan's diverse work as a composer, pianist, arts curator and educator is unified by her ability to immerse audiences of all backgrounds into a world of spellbinding interdisciplinary collaboration.

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 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 Program. 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 2022