Paolo Zanzu, harpsichordist, fortepianist and conductor, first studied in Italy where he was born, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris and after that at the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Noëlle Spieth, Christophe Rousset, Kenneth Weiss, Carole Cerasi and Patrick Cohen, among others.
At a young age he participated in ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras, The English Baroque Soloists, and Le Concert d'Astrée as continuo player, performing in theaters the world over: Paris (Opéra Garnier, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie, Théâtre des Champs Elysées); London (Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Center, Cadogan Hall); Berlin (Philharmonie); Madrid (Teatro Real); New York (Brooklyn Academy of Music); Beijing (Opera), and others.
Since 2008, he has been working with Les Arts Florissants, beginning as continuo player before becoming William Christie's musical assistant, and in 2016 he conducted (in alternation with Christie) a new production of the comédie-ballet Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Lully and Molière, staged by Clément Hervieu-Léger at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris.
In 2010 he won the third prize at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition.
During 2017, Sir John Eliot Gardiner has appointed him his assistant for the world tour of Monteverdi’s complete operas.
Paolo Zanzu is very active as a soloist and as a partner to musicians such as Florence Malgoire and Christophe Coin. He has performed in numerous festivals around the world, and made his debut as a soloist at the BBC Proms in London in 2014. In 2015 he began a complete cycle of Schubert's piano Sonatas at the Cobbe Collection, in Hatchlands, England.
Paolo Zanzu founded and directs Le Stagioni, a group of instrumentalists and singers who defends contemporary music on period instruments.
Since 2011 he has been professor of basso continuo at Brussels Royal Conservatory, and his educational publications appear under the Ricordi imprint.Zanzu’s recording of Handel's harpsichord suites on the Musica Ficta label has had a very good critical reception.