“I don’t think I ever got in contact, but I got a first for my recital and I owe much of that to you, so thank you!” Greg (student at City University)
“Well, you have outdone yourself, but I am not surprised – you are such a skilled and passionate musician, and I am very grateful to you.” Aidan Crowley, singer and songwriter
Support – Confidence – Passion – Expertise
Accompanists are providing important help with practice, are at your side during performances and most importantly, share your passion about music. Whether you are a professional singer or instrumentalist preparing for a recital, a music student getting ready for your final recital at college – or an amateur, preparing for a Grade exam, you want to feel supported and inspired by anyone who makes music with you.
Gisela has been working as accompanist for more than 30 years, with amateurs and professionals alike. She has a deep passion for making music with others and is regarded as a sensitive musicians for ensembles. She works as exam accompanist for City and Islington College, plays recitals for students at music colleges and performs regularly as accompanist and in chamber ensembles with other professional musicians (see also CHAMBER MUSIC). She has very good sight reading skills and can offer transposition of most pieces into any key, given some notice.
Gisela has worked with Kurdish singer Aygül Erce on a range of songs in Kurdish and Turkish. She performed in Baluji Shrivastav’s Urdu Opera “Sohini and Mahival” which was performed at the Southbank during the Alchemy festival in May 2015.
Accompaniment for Singers:
Gisela has played- and sung – a wide range of vocal repertoire, focusing on art song, oratorio, opera and musical theatre, and as a singer, has first-hand experience of being accompanied herself. Gisela speaks several languages and can help with pronunciation and comprehension of lyrics – especially in German, her native tongue, but also in French, Italian, Turkish (and to some extent, Spanish). Gisela currently works closely with Aidan Crowley on several albums, as ‘remote accompanist’, creating backing tracks for his recordings. For current rates for backing tracks tailored to your needs, click here.
Accompaniment for Instrumentalists:
Gisela is an experienced string player – cello was her second study at college – and she teaches it up to Grade 8 level. She does not play a wind instrument herself but has worked closely with wind players for many years, most notably performing duos with flute and clarinet. Gisela can offer digital piano tracks on demand. For current rates, click here. Have a listen here:
Handel, Ombra mai fu/Largo (accompaniment)