Award-winning pianist Gemma Beeson has performed around the world as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Having taken up the piano at the age of four, much of Gemma’s formative musical experience was as a violinist, performing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and leading Stockport Youth Orchestra for several years. Largely through string quartet playing, she developed a love of chamber music that has highly influenced her career path as a pianist.
In 2002, Gemma entered the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Carole Presland. She won numerous awards and prizes both in the college and in national competitions, and discovered an enduring passion for lieder and song accompaniment that has taken her around the world working with emerging young professional singers. After postgraduate studies and receiving a Young Artist’s Fellowship in Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Gemma worked as an accompanist and coach in many of the UK’s leading music education institutions including Chetham’s School of Music and Wells Cathedral School. She is currently on the team of staff accompanists at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music, as well as on the piano teaching faculty at Chetham’s, and is an examiner for the ABRSM.
In addition to solo and duo recitals and concerto appearances, Gemma’s freelance playing work encompasses many genres of music. Gemma appears regularly in the Hallé Orchestra, was a pianist-director in renowned multi-piano group Piano Circus for several years, has performed new commissions with contemporary chamber group Psappha, and has made several world premier recordings and live broadcasts with the BBC Singers and for the Hyperion, Naxos and Prima Facie record labels. Recent performance venues include the Wigmore, Cadogan and Bridgewater Halls.