Ariane Zandi studied at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was Principal of the Symphony Orchestra, she then studied at the Royal College Of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps. She was offered a scholarship, supported by the Jacqueline Ward Award, to continue her studies on the Masters in Performance Course.
During her time at the RCM, Ariane led and co-led projects with the RCM Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras. She has played under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Rafael Payare, Nicolas Collon, Vladimir Jurowski, Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wilson.
Ariane has played in venues such as St Martin in the Fields, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as well having played recitals in London churches with her duo partner, Alexis White.
She has been invited to perform in the Maiastra Chamber Music Courses as well as Southwell Music Festival.
Ariane is a professor and conductor at Ealing Junior Music School and a cello and piano teacher at Music House for Children. A dedicated and passionate educator, she also teaches privately.
She is a proud Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation and has also served as Assistant Tutor. She has also done outreach work with the English Touring Opera, Street Orchestra Live and is a member of the Chineke! Orchestra.
Ariane is the Founder of "The David Ferguson Memorial Prize" which she set up in memory of her beloved Grandad, and Director of the All Things Cello Courses. She wholeheartedly believes that music (and the arts in general) needs to have a more definitive place in education and that every child not only deserves, but needs, a musical education.
In her spare time, Ariane also writes and recently had one of her short stories published.