Arièle Zanini was born in Lyon in France. She obtained a First Prize in piano accompaniment upon graduation from the National Superior Conservatory of Lyon in 1995. After graduation she worked as a répétiteur and conductor for a light opera company and then toured around the world with a choral group from France for several years. Based in Hong Kong since 1996, Arièle Zanini has been the regular French coach for lyric singers at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and at The Music and Drama Institute. She has coached singers for numerous operatic productions including La Vie Parisienne, Der Rosenkavalier, La Boheme, Faust, Xerxes, Dido and Aeneas, Suor Angelica and La Périchole, among others. Arièle Zanini joined City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong as principal pianist in 2006.