KIA ORA! MY NAME IS GEMMA.
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, I am a pianist, music tutor, and freelance project manager based in Auckland.
I am a firm believer in the power of music education for all-round development. My training as a classical pianist and experience working in marketing, communications, and events across a variety of industries honed my ability to connect with people and communicate my ideas with confidence.
Through my work, I hope to instil a genuine appreciation for music and inspire others through authentic storytelling.
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Gemma holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours from The University of Auckland and received her Licentiate Diploma in piano with distinction from Trinity Guildhall London.
As a chamber musician, Gemma has performed in internationally renowned venues, including the Goldener Saal of the Vienna Musikverein, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and the Sydney Opera House.
As a collaborative pianist, Gemma has accompanied masterclasses and workshops led by international talents, including conductor Wyn Davies, director Sara Brodie, and oboist Gordon Hunt. In 2013, Gemma collaborated with acclaimed Scottish writer Janice Galloway for the Auckland Writer's Festival's sold-out show, Young Clara.
A firm believer in the power of music education for all-round development.
Gemma was involved with the Performing Arts Department at Takapuna Grammar School for 10 years, working closely with the faculty to develop the choral programme and accompany the musical theatre class performances. Gemma has taught itinerant piano at Dilworth School (Senior Campus) and at Mt Roskill Grammar School, and was the Staff Accompanist at The University of Auckland School of Music in 2014–2017.
Based in the North Shore, Auckland, Gemma continues to teach piano, music theory, and aural/musicianship at select number of high schools and also privately. She is also currently pursuing her Graduate Diploma in Teaching - Secondary from Massey University.
A highly driven individual dedicated to working collaboratively to find solutions, continuously improve processes, and transform ideas into tangible projects.
Gemma has been involved in education projects with New Zealand's leading performing arts organisations, including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Factory, NZ Opera, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and Chamber Music New Zealand.
As the first Pettman/DARE Scholar for Music Education in 2015, Gemma embarked on an internship with Opera North in Leeds, United Kingdom, and created the music education project, Opera Half Hour, which was delivered to 40 students from Gladstone Primary School in Mt Albert.
Gemma served on the Board of The Rose Centre Incorporated Society in 2017– 2020. She has been a committee member of the Lewis Eady National Piano Competitions since 2017 and was recently appointed a member of the St Matthew-in-the-city Music Outreach Group. She continues to provide freelance arts management and marketing and communications services to local organisations.
"Gemma is a phenomenal teacher! I love how her lessons really push each student, but are also enjoyable. She is incredibly well organised, always prepared, and is an excellent communicator!"
Lauren Raby, Head of Performing Arts & Head of Music, Takapuna Grammar School
"Gemma has been a real asset to the NZSQ, quickly understanding our needs and ambitions as a small arts organisation. Professional, efficient and extremely capable, Gemma has provided a range of arts marketing and social media services and insights - all with flair and good humour."
Marcus Norman, General Manager, New Zealand String Quartet
"Gemma is a very talented and versatile teacher who works wonderfully with all ages and levels."
Lily (Current Piano Student)
"It was such a wonderful pleasure to have you perform for us again. Absolutely stunning performance."
Marilyn Portman, Senior Librarian Music, Auckland Libraries
Available for private tuition (piano, music theory, aural training, grade exams), performances (solo, chamber, classical to contemporary), and consultancy (marketing, communication, events).