Zaynab performs throughout UK & Europe as a freelance double bassist and violone player, specialised in historically informed performance practice. Experienced as both a chamber and orchestral musician in the field of early music, Zaynab has played under the direction of such notable figures as William Christie, Sir Simon Rattle, James Gaffigan, François-Xavier Roth, Richard Egarr and Maggie Faultless and has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ex Cathedra, Music for Awhile and The Mozartists.
Zaynab studied modern orchestral and solo double bass for five years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2011 she moved to Holland to study with Margaret Urquhart at the Conservatory of Amsterdam to specialise in historical performance practice. She has played as principle double bassist in the European Union Baroque Orchestra, was principle double bassist of Theresia Youth Orchestra and also took part in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Ann and Peter Law OAE Experience scheme in London, during which she performed Handel’s The Creation under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle. Zaynab is principal double bassist of Amsterdam Corelli Collective.
As a teacher Zaynab has extensive experience working in the education sector with non–profit organisations, schools and privately, with students of all ages. She currently works with Birmingham Music Service and with Midlands Arts Centre and is passionate about inclusive music learning for children and young adults.
Zaynab resides in Birmingham, UK.