Sara Zamboni (Italy, 1990) is a Composer and Pianist based in Den Haag (The Hague, NL). She comes from a family of non-musicians but she developed an interest in music since early age. She started diving into the world of piano playing and music listening together with her brother Daniele who chose clarinet as his principal instrument.
Growing up and facing the struggle of doing two schools at the same time (Scientific High School and Conservatoire), she had to start organising her life. Once she got brilliantly her High School Diploma, and then her Classical Piano Diploma under the guidance of Caterina Vasaturo, she decided to go on, willing to become a professional musician. It is worth naming a teacher who played an influential role in her musical education: Marino Pessina, professor of Harmony and Analysis, well-known among the students for his sharp-caustic puns.
After many years of Music Theory, she developed an interest in the meticulous work of composing her own instrumental music. Thanks to the help of a few friends who were up to perform her music, she could learn the basics of the process of writing a piece, having fun doing that. Due to a series of happy events, she met on her way the pianist Andrea Rebaudengo who took her on the trail of Modern repertoire and other crazy things. Although the learnt baggage of strict rules helped her thinking more structured, it could not prevent her from making other plans: once graduated cum laude in Classical Piano (MA) under the teachings of Andrea Rebaudengo and Marina Baudoux at the "L. Marenzio" Conservatoire of Brescia (2014), she decided to explore the international environment.
After another series of happy events, she got admitted for studying Composition at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (NL) . Her Composition teachers Martijn Padding and Calliope Tsoupaki and her Piano teacher Gerard Bouwhuis got to know how to work with her since the first lesson. They led her to the Bachelor Degree (2017) and further, as she is currently in the Second Year Master's Composition program. Her Research Supervisors are Richard Barrett and Samuel Vriezen. She has been selected to take part to the Composer Collider Europe 2017-2020 with Ensemble Musikfabrik (DE).
Since September 2017, she works as freelance Piano Accompanist for Modern Dance classes in the Ballet Department of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
In the Koninklijk Conservatorium playground, she got in contact with unique personalities such as Maurice Bom 'Mouse' , her first Analogue Studio instructor. She would have never got to the point of discovering those intriguing sounds without his lessons, his sharp artistry and his personal way to explore the studio. That was the trigger that generated a 'spinoff' from the Main-Composition-Story. Later, she had the chance of studying a couple of years in the Institute of Sonology, attending classes such as 'Composing in the Analogue Studio' with Kees Tazelaar and 'Audio Engineering in Electronic Music' with Paul Jeukendrup. As a consequence of all this fun, she promised herself that one day she will have build up her own studio for electronic music. The good news is that that day has finally come.
Her composition projects go from instrumental works to soundtracks, pure electronic music, in combination with instruments, collaborations with visual designers, music for theatre and Modern dance choreographies. She is also active as pianist and chamber musician, especially for Modern and Contemporary repertoire.
Her name appears in the programmes of various concert venues such as Korzo Theatre, Het Nutshuis, KABK, Theatre De Nieuwe Regentes, Nieuwe Kerk, Arnold Schönbergzaal (Den Haag), Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), Rhijnhof (Leiden), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), Orpheus Theatre (Apeldoorn), Theater Veluvine (Nunspeet), Vliegtuighangar (Arnhem), Schouwburg (Sittard), Rodahal (Kerkrade), Skopje National Theatre (MK), Concert Hall of the Janacek Music University of Brno (CZ), Schunck* Glaspaleis Museum Heerlen (NL).
Her composition 'Suite in a Mental Space' has been nominated for the "Tera de Marez Oyens Award 2018" during the festival 'Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018'.