Biography

Zakiya Leeming is a doctoral composer at the Royal Northern College of Music and member of PRiSM (Centre for Practice and Research in Science and Music). Zakiya's work explores the interdisciplinary field of science and music. Notable recent commissions are from leading UK experimental group Explore Ensemble and renowned contemporary ensemble Psappha, as well as the Future Music and New Music North West Festivals. In addition to her own commission from the Connected Health Cities project that was performed at the Manchester Museum, Zakiya also led a project that created new opportunities for four composers to work with scientists in this field. Zakiya obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania where she was the recipient 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's prior commissions include the Bury Choral Society, Sale Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Percussion Duo and more. Zakiya’s recent research includes a collaboration with Biochemical Engineer Dr. Kirstie Andrews looking at how music can describe, promote and inspire public engagement with science. 

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