Paolo Zanzu, harpsichordist, fortepianist and conductor, 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 Orio Buccellato, Noëlle Spieth, Christophe Rousset, Carole Cerasi and Patrick Cohen, among others.
In 2010 he 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, The English Baroque Soloists, 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 Centre, Cadogan Hall), Berlin (Philharmonie), Madrid (Teatro Real), New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Beijing (Opera), and so on.
Since 2008 he has worked with Les Arts Florissants, as continuo player, before becoming William Chrisite’s musical assistant. In 2016 he conducted Les Arts Florissants in a new production of the comédie-ballet Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Lully and Molière. In 2017 Sir John Eliot Gardiner appointed him as his assistant for the world tour of Monteverdi’s complete operas.
Paolo is regularly invited as a soloist by top leading festivals around the world (London BBC Proms, Oude Muziek Festival Utrecht, Festival de Radio France, MA Festival Brugge…). In 2015 he began a complete cycle of Schubert’s piano sonatas in concerts at Hatchlands. Since 2011 he 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 on the Musica Ficta label, has been very well received by critics. In 2018 he founded Le Stagioni, an orchestra specialized on XVIII century Italian opera.