Short Bio

Zinia Chan is a Melbourne-based composer, pianist and event producer. Her extensive work in theatre, film and contemporary music has led her to work with the likes of MSO, Commonwealth Games, Brisbane Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. She has written for ensembles such as Gondwana Chorale and The Song Company (National Choral School), and has been a pianist and composer with DeepBlue Orchestra since 2013 with continued involvement as a member of the board.

 Her work across the arts has significantly informed her compositional practice, and has also allowed her to co-direct, produce and compose theatre shows exploring emotions within interdisciplinary art forms.

She completed her Bachelor of Music (Music and Sound Production) with Distinction at Queensland University of Technology and is currently studying her Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition) at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Dr Brenton Broadstock and Dr Christine McCombe.


Long Bio

Zinia Chan is a Melbourne-based composer, pianist and event producer. Her extensive work in theatre, film and contemporary music has led her to work with the likes of MSO, Commonwealth Games, Brisbane Festival and Woodford Folk Festival. She has written for ensembles such as Gondwana Chorale and The Song Company (National Choral School), and has been a pianist and composer with DeepBlue Orchestra since 2013 with continued involvement as a member of the board.

She completed her Bachelor of Music (Music and Sound Production) with Distinction at Queensland University of Technology and is currently studying her Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition) at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Dr Brenton Broadstock and Dr Christine McCombe.

During her time at the Conservatorium, Science Gallery Melbourne, Grainger Museum, Melbourne School of Design and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music awarded her with the Composer Commission as part of the Perfection Exhibition (2018). Listen here.

The start of 2018 began with two new choral compositions, written for Gondwana Chorale and The Song Company at National Choral School. These pieces were workshopped with Antony Pitts, The Song Company choristers, Carl Crossin and Paul Holley.

In 2017-2018, she worked as a composer assistant, recording with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for the feature film "Space/Time" and also worked with Corrina Bonshek preparing parts for "Song to the Earth Movt. II" for performance by DeepBlue and Dr Michael Askill during the Commonwealth Games.

Zinia has a passion for interactive music and art, and has always had an interest in exploring emotions through the combination of music and interactive visual art forms and collaboration. In 2013, she created the theatre production “The Five Stages” with her ensemble Kior, which explored the five stages of grief through poetry, live interactive visuals and music. The performance was specifically designed for The Lumen Room at Metro Arts Theatre, which sold out for the show’s debut performance, and an additional smaller excerpt performed again in 2014 in collaboration with Youthfire.

In 2015, she explored interactive performance using visual deprivation, and in collaboration with DeepBlue and director Wayne Jennings created “Into the Dark” as part of Anywhere Festival. Audiences were invited to be blindfolded before entering the performance space, where they were then led to their ‘seats’, a cushioned mattress with a blanket on the floor. Audiences then listened to music performed by a roaming string chamber ensemble, which featured her composition as well as soundscape recordings. After selling out 4 shows, an additional 2 shows quickly sold out after tickets were made available by popular demand.

She also has a passion for arts festivals and film, and has worked for Brisbane Festival, Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland Folk Federation), Melt! Festival and on films that have premiered in international film festivals. Her work in Arts Festivals has kept her informed and well connected within the interdisciplinary arts world.