Biography

Manchester-based composer Zakiya Leeming is undertaking her PhD in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studies with David Horne and Emliy Howard. Zakiya was born in Australia and obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania where she was the recepient of the Examiner Newspaper Scholarship as well as the Dean's award for Excellence with Honours. In her Masters degree at the RNCM, Zakiya was awarded the Soroptimists International Manchester Award in Composition, The Edward Hecht Prize and a Gold Medal in composition. Zakiya has received commissions from the Bury Choral Society, Sale Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Percussion Duo and the New Music North West festival. Zakiya's work has been featured in a workshops by the Manchester Camerata and the BBC Singers as well as master-classes with H.K. Gruber, Simon Bainbridge, Tim Garland and Colin Towns. As part of her research focusing on interactions between science and contemporary composition, Zakiya is currently collaborating with Biochemical Engineer Kirstie Andrews on a project looking at how music can describe, promote and inspire science.