NWS Fellows Zach Manzi and Zuby Azezi host a live, interactive discussion about what it means when your teacher/ conductor asks you to listen to recordings and how to do it, along with guest Justin Hines, community engagement visiting faculty.
Zubaida Azezi is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has performed as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony, Columbus State Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Also an avid orchestral musician, she has been a member of Plano Symphony, Irving Symphony, East Texas Symphony and Columbus Symphony.
Ms. Azezi holds a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor of music degree from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Woodruff Scholarship. She has participated in a number of summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, L’orchestre de la francophonie Canadienne, Bowdoin International Music Festival and National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Ms. Azezi is passionate about music education. In 2014, with support from the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the Ministry of Culture of Xinjiang, she founded the very first string orchestra for youth in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
Born in Urumqi, China, Ms. Azezi started playing the violin at age six. In 2001 she moved to Canada with her family and began studying with Arkady Yanivker. Her primary teachers include Huang Xiaozhi, Sergiu Schwartz and Emannual Borok.
Zach Manzi is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. Mr. Manzi has enjoyed many recent performances with The Juilliard Orchestra and Wind Orchestra as well as new music groups AXIOM and the New Juilliard Ensemble in performance venues across New York City. He also participated twice in Juilliard's ChamberFest, a chamber music intensive occurring during winter recess, and gave the finale performance of the 2015 festival in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. A passionate educator, he was one of 20 students to be awarded a Morse Teaching Artist Fellowship, with which he taught music in a New York City public school during the 2014-15 academic year. With two classes of third-graders in Manhattan, he explored the role and relevance of classical music in the 21st-century. As a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Manzi performed with four orchestras and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, playing beside his influential teachers, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Burt Hara and Bil Jackson, in the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He also spent a summer studying and performing at the Brevard Music Center Institute. At Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where he spent the first two years of his undergraduate career, Mr. Manzi was awarded the Elliott and Ailsa Newman Prize in 2013, given to the most outstanding woodwind student in the school. As a first-year student, he won the Vanderbilt University Concerto Competition, making his solo orchestral debut with the Vanderbilt Orchestra performing Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie. He received his bachelor of music degree from The Juilliard School in 2015, where he studied with Jon Manasse. When away from the clarinet, he enjoys biking, cooking, writing, traveling and discovering new coffee shops.