We first met Gemma back in 2018 when she was given our details us from Yamaha Music Australia. She needed a piano tuned and serviced for a concert she was playing at Kidogo Art house in Fremantle. After a speaking for a while, we found out Gemma was a Yamaha Piano Artist with a lot of achievements under her belt! We got up close and personal with her this month…
Music was always in the house when I was growing up. My Dad was in an early music ensemble so I’d hang around rehearsals and wanted to be a part of it! One of the ensemble members took me on as a very young student and it all grew from there.
I’m influenced by such a disparate and growing group of artists. Definitely my earliest influences areThe Cheiftans, and Paul Simon and Mark Knoplfer for their musical freedom and lyricism – although I hasten to add that I don’t sing, I am purely a pianist. I also love Brahms and Mozart. Lately I’ve be interested in artists outside of music, and really love watching how other art-forms like ballet or visual art communicate beauty and a sense of melody.
I moved to Perth in January from Melbourne to study with A/Prof Nicholas Bannan who is leaving UWA this year, so it was a now-or-never moment. I am completing a Research Masters in Classical Improvisation, and specifically looking at how to teach improvisation to classical musicians. I am so grateful to be in Perth at this time, and my heart goes out daily to all my friends in Melbourne.
I was first referred to Patrick by the guys at Yamaha Australia. I was staying in Perth as Composer in Residence at Gallop House, and needed a piano tuner for a recital I was giving. Patrick was so respectful of what I needed, and the condition and capability of the piano we were working with.
See some of Gemma’s performances below:
Gemma’s recent soiree at Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle: