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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.

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The Clerkenwell Singalong, an initiative created during lockdown in collaboration with Peel (http://www.peelinstitute.org.uk/) is still ongoing, with Zoom sessions every fortnight, Tuesday at 6pm. Upcoming sessions: 8 September, 22 September.
For more information,  CONTACT Gisela, or feel free to join our Facebook group here.

Performing

“Congratulations, it was wonderful. I was transported to another place.” Audrey, 1st July 2014

Events and concerts inspire us and awaken and strengthen our passion for music making. They are an amazing platform for sharing music, they may stimulate us, soothe us, lift our spirits. We might even feel that we have left our every-day world, for a time.

Apart from giving a variety of performances across Europe, Gisela 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.
Gisela works closely with pianist John Human but has also performed with Izabella Bako and Sian Maddock. For more information, see: SINGING

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.

Gisela works closely with singer and songwriter Aidan Crowley (https://www.aidancrowley.com/voice-music/). This year, she has produced piano backing tracks for several albums, including classical arias and music from musical theatre. A new album is currently in production.

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

Functions Whether it is a book launch,a vernissage to present works of art, a wedding, birthday or funeral, a corporate function etc…- music is an important element to enhance any event. If your choice of style is classical, music from the shows or easy listening, have a look at the FUNCTIONS page. You can also get in touch for a quote here.

Accompaniment

Do you need an accompanist for a private event, an exam or a professional recital? Gisela’s work as freelance accompanist entails coaching of singers and instrumentalists and playing of exams and recitals. She has worked with singers and players of all levels, beginners, music college students and professional performers. For more information, see ACCOMPANIMENT.

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. 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!

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 roles of Accompanist and Deputy teacher for cello classes.

Lessons are offered via Zoom or Skype, or from Gisela’s home near Angel and Farringdon tube stations. 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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