Zoë graduated from a BA Music (Hons) degree at the University of York in July 2014. Specialising as a percussionist during her undergraduate degree, she was a member of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the University’s new music ensemble the Chimera Ensemble, as well as performing with numerous chamber ensembles and musical societies. During her final year, Zoë curated, directed and performed in a concert of music for percussion ensemble, which explored rarely-played, and some better known, works for percussion duo, trio and quartet. Her interests lie mainly in performing contemporary music, working with composers during the writing process, and in the theatrical aspects of percussion performance.
Zoë’s performance repertoire is extensive, and she has taken on percussion parts written by professional composers and fellow students. She has performed works by composers including Thomas Adès, Tansy Davies, Steve Reich and Helmut Lachenmann, and has also taken on the solo percussion parts in performances of Britten’s Albert Herring & The Rape of Lucretia, and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. Zoë is currently living and teaching in Lincoln, and continues to freelance as a contemporary and orchestral percussionist.
Zoë is a private music teacher, offering tuition in piano, marimba and music theory. See the Teacher page for more details.
“highlight being the percussion performance which was well organised with Zoë Craven in charge of the large array of instruments and sticks not to mention tissue paper. It was a virtuoso performance”
(Full review can be seen here: http://www.oneandother.com/features/183-review-the-chimera-ensemble)
“played with subdued panache by Zoë Craven”
(Full review can be seen here: http://archive.oneandother.com/articles/review-the-sir-jack-lyons-concert-2013/)
“Craven’s precision in her playing is also worth noting, giving a true security to the sound and fulfilling the aim of the phrases”
(Full review can be seen here: http://unknownmagazine.co.uk/ysfnm-2015-percussing-2/)
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