KIA ORA! MY NAME IS GEMMA.
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, I am a pianist, music teacher, 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 has been involved with the Performing Arts Department at Takapuna Grammar School for over ten years, working closely with the faculty to develop their award-winning choral programme and accompany the musical theatre class performances and NCEA assessments. Gemma has taught piano at Dilworth School (Senior Campus), Mt Roskill Grammar School, and Takapuna Grammar School, and was the Staff Accompanist at The University of Auckland School of Music in 2014–2017.
Based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Gemma continues to teach piano, music theory, and aural and musicianship at select number of high schools and also privately. Gemma holds a Graduate Diploma in Learning and 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, Auckland.
Committed to giving back to the community, Gemma currently serves on a number of non-profits: Chiron Lewis Eady Foundation (CLEF), North Shore Performing Arts Competitions Society, and the St Matthew-in-the-city Music Outreach Group. She has served on the Board of The Rose Centre Incorporated Society in 2017– 2020 and has been a committee member of the Lewis Eady National Piano Competitions since 2017. Gemma 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 (2021–2022), New Zealand String Quartet
"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).