‘a mesmerising musical treasure’The Strad, 2003
‘a phenomenal talent’London Evening Standard, 2005
Featured in BBC Music Magazine as ‘one to watch’ and winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007, Gemma made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen when she won First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, Norway, playing a televised performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other numerous awards and prizes include the Premier Prix Maurice Ravel in France.
Gemma studied with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained the Vice-Principal’s Special Prize, and then with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won the coveted Gold Medal. She has also studied or participated in masterclasses with Johannes Goritzki, Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma, amongst others and has performed with such eminent musicians as György Pauk, Menachem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich.
Gemma has a deep interest in contemporary music. Works have been written for her by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel and David Knotts. She has performed Michael Ellison’s Concerto for cello, Turkish instruments and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 3.
Following a Wigmore Hall Sunday Morning Coffee Concert with Ashley Wass in 2009, Gemma played a very well-received ten concert series in Japan, and has just returned from giving six concerts in Mexico, one televised live, with Morgan Szymanski, her cello/guitar duo partner, and Machaca, their Latin American group.
Future plans include solo recitals and concertos at festivals and venues throughout the UK and Europe, together with performances with Machaca, the Čepický, Rosefield, Dussek Piano Trio, and with the prize-winning Fidelio Piano Quartet. Gemma will also be appearing at La Linea Festival at the Southbank with Morgan Szymanski.