Zoe Rahman, Piano

Photo: Ilze Kitshoff

A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, Zoe Rahman’s style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.  

Zoe studied classical Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, took a music degree at Oxford University and then won a scholarship to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston. She has released a series of highly acclaimed albums including collaborations with her brother Idris Rahman.

A MOBO Award winner, Mercury Prize nominee, Jazz FM Award nominee and British Jazz Award winner, Zoe has established herself as a unique presence in the British music industry as a featured artist on many TV and radio programmes and has also played at numerous international jazz festivals.

Zoe recently received an Ivor Novello Impact Award in recognition of the contribution she has made as a performer, composer and activist during her 20-year career. The citation said: “Her sound is drenched with originality and a jazz legitimacy that recognises her pedigree as a world-class artist, composer and performer… Zoe shines as one of Britain’s most powerful compositional voices and important contemporary artists who puts a spotlight on jazz from the UK as an international musical force.”