Lauded after a Liszt recital by Musical Opinion magazine as ‘a pianist of Herculean stamina’, Robin Zebaida enjoys a performing career that has taken him to over 100 countries across all seven continents. Highlights of past seasons have included concerts in USA, Canada – where he collaborated with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin – Central America, Europe, the Far East and Australia, where his Sydney recital was reported as achieving ‘a warmth and empathy with the audience rarely seen’. At home in London he has performed at major venues including St John’s Smith Square and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Recent concerts have included Robin Zebaida’s debut in China to a capacity audience in the Shenzhen Concert Hall, along with tours to the Far East and a special programme to commemorate the anniversaries of Liadov and Richard Strauss, given around the UK. The 2015 season included performances in UK, Switzerland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and Israel, with a focus on Russian music, in particular that of Alexander Scriabin, who died 100 years ago in 1915. More tours to the Far East and to Israel are planned for 2016.
Robin Zebaida’s wide ranging and extensive repertoire from Bach to Gershwin also encompasses less familiar fare; particular areas of interest include Russian music, orchestral and vocal transcriptions, and music for the left hand, some of which are reflected in a CD, ‘Off the Beaten Track’, on the Regent label. In a career which embraces many aspects of music making, he also appears as an accompanist, chamber music partner and concerto soloist. His group Classical Cornucopia has performed on several Classical music themed cruises.
Away from the concert platform, Robin Zebaida’s broadcasting experience includes studio recordings and live appearances on radio and television for several national and foreign networks. As a Steinway Artist he was specially chosen to demonstrate the qualities of the ‘Rolls Royce of the piano world’ in an interview for the BBC World Service to mark the publication of a new history of Steinway piano.
Robin Zebaida was born and educated in London, England, later winning an Exhibition award to read Music at New College, Oxford, from where he graduated with maximum distinction in performance. He completed his formal studies as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music.