Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Gemma Lee is a collaborative pianist based in Auckland. She holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and received numerous awards and scholarships during her tertiary studies, including the Anne Bellam Scholarship, the University of Auckland Arts & Cultural Blues Awards, and the coveted Pettman/ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship in 2011. As a chamber musician, she has performed in venues across the United Kingdom and Europe, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Goldener Saal of the Vienna Musikverein.
Gemma has accompanied masterclasses and workshops led by international talents, including conductor Wyn Davies, director Sara Brodie (NZ), and oboist Gordon Hunt (UK). In 2013, she collaborated with acclaimed Scottish writer Janice Galloway for the Auckland Writer's Festival's sold-out show, Young Clara. 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.
A firm believer in the power of music education for all-round development, Gemma has worked with the Performing Arts Department at Takapuna Grammar School since 2011 and served on the Board of The Rose Centre Incorporated Society. As the first Pettman/DARE Scholar for Music Education in 2015, Gemma embarked on an internship with Opera North in Leeds and created the music education project, Opera Half Hour, which was delivered to 40 students from Gladstone Primary School in Mt Albert.
Gemma regularly collaborates with violinist Dr Charlotte Francis and singer Jane Horder to present dynamic and engaging concerts. She currently manages Lewis Eady Music School which delivers music lessons to 1,000+ students across Auckland and Wellington.
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