Harpsichordist, fortepianist and conductor Paolo Zanzu first studied in Italy, where he was born, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and then at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Noëlle Spieth, Christophe Rousset, Kenneth Weiss, Carole Cerasi and Patrick Cohen, among others.
In 2010 Zanzu won the third prize at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition. At a young age he participated in ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, Le Concert d’Astrée, as continuo player, performing in theaters the world over: Paris (Opéra Garnier, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs Elysées), London (Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Center, Cadogan Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie), Madrid (Teatro Real), New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Beijing (Opera), and so on.
In Les Arts Florissants, with which Zanzu has worked since 2008, he began as continuo player, before becoming William Chrisite’s musical assistant, and in 2016 he has conducted (in alternation with Christie) a new production of the comédie-ballet Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Lully and Molière, staged by Clément Hervieu-Léger at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.
Zanzu is very active as a soloist and as a partner to musicians such as Florence Malgoire, Christophe Coin and Jean Tubéry. He has performed in numerous festivals around the world, and made his debut as a soloist at the BBC Proms in London in 2014. In 2015 he began a complete cycle of Schubert’s piano Sonatas at the Cobbe Collection, in Hatchlands, England.
Since 2011 Zanzu has been professor of basso continuo at Brussels Royal Conservatory, and his educational publications appear under the Ricordi imprint. His recording of Handel’s harpsichord suites has appeared for the Musica Ficta label.