About this Artist
Zola Saadi-Klein, 17, has been a Fellow in the LA Phil Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program since 2019; she studies composition with Dr. Ian Krouse at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. Recently, Zola was awarded the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Irving Berlin Scholarship Award and was selected as a 2020 Luna Lab fellow. A senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), she plays violin with the LACHSA Symphony Orchestra and studied classical voice with LACHSA’s Opera Company. Zola participated in the 2020 Sunset Chamberfest, UCLA’s Voice Intensive, and Walden’s Online Young Musicians Experience (OYME), where she was honored by guest composer Aida Shirazi’s invitation to join the Iranian Female Composer’s Association (IFCA). A member of the National Children’s Chorus (NCC) since 2009, her favorite performances include Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler Project, Tan Dun’s AYS collaboration, and the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s The Right of Your Senses. Zola enjoys hiking, exploring national parks, and watercolor painting.