Biography

P​ianist Gemma Webster, from London, and has performed as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician at venues across the U.K. including the Queen Elizabet​h Hall, Buckingham Palace, St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-field's, Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Lancaster International Concert Series, the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, York and Sheffield, and for BBC radio and BBC television. 



Gemma has won several 1st prizes such as the RNCM Concerto competition, the National Derby Piano Concerto competition and the National Toshiba Chamber Music Awards. Overseas concerts have included the Ftan Institut (Switzerland), Utrecht Musikcentrum, Rolston Hall (Canada) and Martinu Hall (Czech Republic). Gemma has performed Piano Concerti by Chopin, Schumann, Shostakovich, Ravel and Franck in the U.K. and the Netherlands under conductors including Martyn Brabbins and Darrell Davison.



Following her studies at the Purcell School for Young Musicians, Gemma continued her education at the Royal College of Music (London), the University of York, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Sibelius Academy/Helsinki University (Finland) with generous scholarships from the Tillett Trust, Musicians' Benevolent Fund, Tunnell Trust, Kendall-Taylor Award (RCM), Favre-Gilly Foundation, Dorothy Grinstead Memorial Fund, and the Else & Leonard Cross Trust (RNCM).



Gemma's Piano teachers included Martin Roscoe, Irina Zaritskaya, Jeremy Young, John York and Sim Yuen.  She also participated in masterclasses at IMS Prussia Cove, the Banff Centre in Canada (as a Resident Artist) and the Pablo Casals Festival (Prades) with teachers such as Ferenc Rados, Pav​el Gililov, Itamar Golan, Benjamin Zander, William Fong and Christopher Elton.

As a chamber Pianist Gemma has collaborated with Steven Isserlis, Ian Clarke, Guy Johnston (BBC Yo​ung Musicians Winner), Jenny King (BBC Symphony Orchestra), David Waterman (Endellion Quartet), Denis Bouriakov (Principal Flute, Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra), Daniel Bates (ROSL Gold Medal), Jonathan Cohen, Naomi Williams (Royal Opera House), Katherine Baker (Principal Flute, Royal Opera House), Ani Kalayjian (Anglo-Czech Competition Strings Winner), Marie Macleod (BBC Young Musicians Strings Winner), Camarilla Ensemble (ROSL Ensemble Winners) and Fang Zhang (BBC Young Musicians Winner).

Gemma has acco​mpanied instrumental masterclasses given by Alexander Baillie (at Bremen Hochschule), David Waterman, Steven Isserlis (at IMS Prussia Cove), Steven Doane (at RCM), Benjamin Zander (Switzerland), Ralph Kirshbaum (at RNCM), Peter Moore, Kathryn Rudge and Ian Clarke.



Gemma has held teaching positions at the University of Sheffield, Chetham's International Piano Summer School, Christ's Hospital School (H​ead of Piano), Cherry Pie Music London (Head of Piano) and Westminster School (London). In 2019 Gemma joined the accompaniment team at Chetham's.



Theatre productions Gemma has musically directed include Sondheim's "Merrily we Roll Along", "Assassins" and "A little night Music" and Schonberg's "Les Miserables". Gemma has also worked with the Universities of Yale (USA) and Cambridge (UK) on productions of Sondheim's "Into the Woods" and "Assassins" at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. 



A keen composer and song-writer, Gemma's compositions and songs have been performed by the London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, on BBC radio and on BBC television. Gemma has won several awards for her compositions including a prestigious Boosey & Hawkes composition prize.