Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga is internationally renowned for his performances of contemporary music. He has been invited to perform at the BBC Proms, Aldeburgh Festival, London Olympiad Festival, Occupy the Pianos Festival (UK), ISCM World New Music Days, Metropolis New Music Festival, BIFEM (Australia), IRCAM Manifeste Festival, Mars aux Musées Festival (France) and Borealis Festival (Norway) as well as appearing as soloist with the London Sinfonietta and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Zubin has collaborated with many of the world’s leading composers including Thomas Adès, Michael Finnissy, George Benjamin, Steve Reich, Beat Furrer, Howard Skempton, Liza Lim and Ross Edwards and commissioned more than 50 new works. He has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place and the Purcell Room (London), the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Centre as well as many other major venues in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. He is a member of Ensemble Offspring, one of Australia’s leading contemporary music ensembles, and has also performed with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Plus-Minus, Endymion Ensemble, Halcyon, Synergy Percussion, and the Kreutzer Quartet, as well as performing piano duos with Rolf Hind and Thomas Adès.
Zubin has won many prizes for his performances, including the 2012 Art Music Award for ‘Performance of the Year (NSW)’, the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, the ABC Limelight Award for Best Newcomer and the Greta Parkinson Prize from the Royal Academy of Music. His recent recordings include Not Music Yet for Hospital Recordings, Orfordness for Metier (UK) and Piano Inside Out for Move Records.
Engagements in 2015 included the ‘Dark Twin’ Australian tour featuring new works for piano and multimedia, including performances at the Metropolis Festival (Melbourne) and TURA Totally Huge New Music Festival (Perth), the premiere of Rolf Hind’s Tiger’s Nest for percussion, two pianos and gamelan at Cheltenham Festival, performance of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos I at the Mars aux Musées Festival in Nice, multiple performances in the Occupy the Pianos Festival in London, a performance featuring Terry Riley’s works at the London Contemporary Music Festival, the opening concert of the City University recital series, the launch of a new CD with soprano, Jane Sheldon, featuring new Australian and international works, touring performances with Ensemble Offspring, performances of Romitelli’s chamber opera “An Index of Metals” with Sydney Chamber Opera and the world premiere of a new piano concerto by Elliott Gyger with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble. Upcoming performances in 2016 include the ‘Android Pianist’ solo piano and multimedia tour around Australia, the UK, and Germany, a solo performance at Cheltenham Festival, as well as several tours with Ensemble Offspring.
A Masters and PhD graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, Zubin is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Nice and IRCAM, Paris and a Research Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music. He was the convenor of the Inventing Gestures symposium in the 2015 Manifeste Festival at IRCAM and is currently editing a new book on music and gesture for Cambridge University Press as well as being a guest editor for a special issue on new interactive technologies in music for Contemporary Music Review.