Zanete was born in 1987 in Valmiera, Latvia. She started studying the violin aged six with Maija Ozola and later with Ludmila Girska at Emils Darzins Music School, Riga. In 2007 Zanete accepted a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with professor Igor Petrushevski. During this time she has performed with world renowned conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Colin Davis. In 2001 Zanete was awarded a full scholarship to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (TLCMD) with professor Matthew Trusler, where she graduated from in 2012 with a distinction.
Between 2000 and 2012 Zanete performed solo in Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom and USA. She is a prize winner of multiple young artist competitions – first prize at ‘Talent for Latvia’ and the Grand Prix in 2000. In 2011, Zanete won the Vera Kantrovich Prize for Solo Strings with her performance of J.S.Bach’s Partita No.2 in D minor. Zanete has performed with orchestras in The Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and The Barbican. In 2012 Zanete was chosen as one of the artists to perform for The Queen at the opening of the Cutty Sark.
Outside of her orchestral work, Zanete enjoys playing chamber music. In 2012 her group – The Shilling Trio – was chosen to represent TLCMD at its Open Day.
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Royal Academy of Music
What is your earliest musical memory?
Learning to play Christmas songs when I was 4 – I wasn’t learning music at the time yet so I didn’t know notes. But I had a 1-octave yellow keyboard with each note in different colours - I was drawing the appropriate colour under each note in the music so I can follow those! This was to get Christmas presents – in our family we need to do a performance for each present!
Are you from a musical family?
No – I am the first one ever in our family history to study music professionally. Although I have heard stories about my grandparents being very musical, but I never got the chance to meet them so I have been on this journey on my own, but with the greatest support from my family!