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 ‘Gisela Meyer played with lyrical expression and with gripping brilliance’. (Satie, three short pieces) ECHO RÜSSELSHEIM

 ‘She managed brilliantly to create a variety of sounds. Even the quietest notes were full of energy and could develop into a thundering fortissimo’. (Ravel, Miroirs) FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU.

It is of great compliment to say, you would work with someone again and again without hesitation, and that I can attest to, with Gisela.’         Aidan J Crowley, Oxford 

Background                                                                                                                                                                                      

Gisela trained as pianist and accompanist, but has always taken a wider approach to music. So she studied cello as a second subject during her undergraduate studies. She took occasional singing lessons and gained further experience working as accompanist for many vocal coaches. In the last six years, she has taken her singing up to a professional level, studying with former Guildhall professor Jessica Cash. Take a look and a listen, at the VIDEO page.

Community work
During lockdown Gisela started the Clerkenwell Singalong, an initiative created in collaboration with Peel (http://www.peelinstitute.org.uk/) as a singing pianist.
For more information, see: EVENTS, or CONTACT Gisela

Performing
Events and concerts are designed to inspire you and awaken your own passion for music making.

Apart from giving a variety of performances across Europe, Gisela also organises her own series of regular concerts, at St. James’ church in Islington, London.

Lovers of instrumental music can enjoy piano recitals or ensemble performances. Gisela usually creates one piano solo programme per year but also plays in Chamber groups, mostly with violinist Natalee Jeremic, cellist Una Birtchnell (Piano trio) and in various ensemble formations with Alistair Logan (clarinet), Jayne Lodge (violin) and Sarah Pope (viola).  For more information, see PIANO SOLO or CHAMBER MUSIC

If your passion is vocal music you can find conventional vocal recitals in Gisela’s event calendar, mostly featuring art song and repertoire from oratorios. Gisela also loves mixing the vocal element in ensembles with instrumentalists, most recently in a concert Elisabeth Hobbs (flute) and LSO pianist, John Alley – just in time before the lockdown (March 2020).
Gisela works closely with pianist John Human but has also performed with Izabella Bako and Sian Maddock. For more information, see: SINGING

To receive information about upcoming events, please fill in your details in the Contact form, giving CONCERT MAILING LIST as reference.

Functions and Crossover work                                                                                                                                                                                                     In May 2015, Gisela was the pianist of  “Sohini and Mahival” (composed by Baluji Shrivastav and Dario Marianelli) which was performed at the Southbank. This story, told in Urdu, combined opera, dance and puppetry, the music style merges Indian  with European tradition, which was also reflected in the choice of instruments.

Word and music are the essence of any song, but music and spoken word can be truly magical when put together in a performance. Gisela has performed as a singer and pianist at three book launches with readings of poems and prose and has performed at many other ‘bespoke’ events, including weddings and funerals.

She also has a lot of fun  performing lighter music, as a Singing pianist.

To book Gisela for an event, feel free to CONTACT her for a quote.

Accompaniment
Whether you need an accompanist for a private event, an exam or a professional recital, you will profit from Gisela’s experience and her deep passion of making music with others.

In an exciting current project during lockdown, Gisela created piano tracks for two albums by songwriter Aidan Crowley, which he will use in his studio production of his album “The Dead Unsleeping Fires” (Classical arias) and “Invisible Spirit”, (Musical Theatre songs) (https://www.aidancrowley.com/voice-music/).                                                                                                               Gisela’s work as freelance accompanist entails coaching of singers and instrumentalists and playing of exams and recitals, including for students of music colleges and professional performers. For more information, see: CHAMBER MUSIC (scroll to the bottom)

Coaching

However much listening to music might engage or stimulate you, nothing beats making music yourself.

Whatever your age and your standard, it is never too late to start learning, be it from scratch, or after a long break.
Over the past 30 years Gisela has taught Piano, Cello, Aural, Theory and Composition, in the last ten, also Singing and Chamber music. She has coached singers and instrumentalists of all levels, beginners and professionals.

Gisela works in various roles for City and Islington Sixth-form College, mainly as exam accompanist and cello teacher.                 She is also tutor at the City Lit, teaching Chamber Ensembles, Piano, Singing and sometimes, in the role of Accompanist and Deputy teacher for cello classes.

Gisela has taught students as young as 4 years old, but is most passionate about adult learning. In her mind there is no age limit to active music making -the oldest student she has taught at the City Lit was over the age of 90!

Lessons are offered via Zoom or Skype, otherwise also from Gisela’s home near Angel tube station

For more information, see: COACHING

Composition and Transcription

Gisela has written film music for Moving Culture Film Productions in cooperation with director Erdogan Gilgil, and for him, scored four short films and two feature films.
She occasionally transcribes music on request.

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