Zakiya Leeming is a Manchester based composer who specialises in collaborations with scientists and health data researchers to create music informed by their work. Zakiya is currently working on a piece for Ensemble Recherche in collaboration with University of Liverpool Chemist Professor Mathias Brust and has recently completed a piece for ISARIC4C, an international consortium of scientists whose outputs informed the UK government on COVID-19. Other commissions include Psappha, Explore Ensemble, Bury Choral Society, Aurora Percussion Duo and more. Zakiya was the recipient of the Examiner Newspaper Scholarship and the Dean's award for Excellence with Honours during her undergraduate degree at the University of Tasmania. In her Masters degree, Zakiya was awarded the Soroptimists International Manchester Award in Composition, The Edward Hecht Prize and a Gold Medal in composition. Zakiya is founding co-director of composer collective Incógnito.
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