"My Yamaha is my best friend, my confidant, my inspiration."
Gemma Turvey is a Pianist, Composer and Founder and Artistic Director of chamber ensemble the New Palm Court Orchestra (NPCO) based in Melbourne.
As Artistic Director and pianist of NPCO Gemma enjoys collaborations with renowned guest soloists including multi Grammy Award winning cellist Eugene Friesen (USA) for his Australian debut, award winning countertenor Maximilian Riebl, and premiere vocal ensemble The Consort of Melbourne, with standout performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, Deakin Edge at Federation Square, Sydney Opera House Utzon Room, and The Great Hall in Canberra.
Gemma is also pianist and arranger for Gorgi Coghlan (vocalist) and has worked as pianist with singers Kristin Berardi, Kate Miller-Heidke and Tina Arena.
Gemma and the NPCO champion Australian music education, delivering a program for composition and improvisation tuition to primary school children with inspiring results, including mostly recently premiering nine original compositions by students of Buninyong Primary School in regional Victoria.
Gemma completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, studying with renowned classical pianist and pedagogue Stephen Savage and jazz pianists Louise Denson and Stephen Newcomb before relocating to Melbourne in 2006. In 2013, Gemma was awarded the prestigious Melbourne-Boston Sister Cities Association (MBSCA) Hugh Rogers’ Fellowship for Arts & Culture, fostering an enduring partnership with the Boston and New England arts scene.
Gemma is an active composer, having written, arranged and produced her four studio recordings; Standing (2006), Into the Life of Things (2008), and with the NPCO at Sing Sing Studios; Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2012) and Between the Lines (2015). She has also written music for TV, short film, independent theatre, public installation and private commissions.
Gemma is a proud ambassador of The Florey Brains Trust, fostering vital research into neurodegenerative disease.
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