Updated: Jan 29, 2021
Collaborative pianist Zain Solinski is an up and coming performer based in
Toronto, cultivating a performance career in contemporary, chamber, and vocal music
with a special interest in Polish Art Song.
Beginning his artistic endeavours in his
hometown of Lethbridge, Alberta, he studied with Linda Davies; regularly taking home
first place rankings at Lethbridge Kiwanis Festival and representing the city at the
provincial level. His artistic development in Lethbridge led him to work with some of the
city’s most prominent musical ensembles, including New West Theatre, the Lethbridge
Symphony Orchestra, the Lethbridge Christian Women’s Choir, the University of
Lethbridge Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop. He
graduated with Great Distinction from the University of Lethbridge, where he studied
under Dr. Deanna Oye for his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance.
Zain recently finished his Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano under
the tutelage of Dr. John Hess and Professor Marianna Chibotar-Rutkevich at Western
University. While there he received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate
Scholarship for his research project investigating and promoting the performance of
Polish Art Song. A keen contributor to musical life at Western, he has worked with the
school’s Contemporary Music Studio and Opera Workshop, as well as freelancing for
Further afield, recent artistic activities include performances at Centric Music
Festival and enrollment at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria. Back home in Alberta
he has worked with some of the province’s most prominent ensembles and festivals,
including Three Sisters’ Opera Company, and Opera NUOVA.
Currently Zain is ever-ready to expand his musical palette in all directions. Whether it be some gnarly contemporary rep, Hunanese Art Song, or anything in between or beyond; he's ready to play