Pianist

Gisela Meyer

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About Gisela

Pianist
London
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Gisela Meyer is a versatile and passionate performer, in concerts or functions alike - as a classical pianist, accompanist, or as soprano.

Gisela Meyer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She studied piano and cello in Frankfurt and piano solo in Weimar. In London, she obtained a Masters in Performance (accompaniment) at the GSMD. Presently she is studying singing privately with Jessica Cash. Gisela teaches piano and singing privately and is tutor for Chamber Ensembles at the City Lit Institute, where she is also in the pool of tutors for piano, classical singing and accompaniment. She also works as a freelance accompanist and regularly plays for recitals of students in London’s music colleges . Gisela works as external advisor and accompanist for City and Islington Sixth Form college. In a cross-over project, she worked with Indian composer Baluji Shrivastav for his production “Sohini and Mahival", which was performed at the Southbank Centre as part of the Alchemy Festival. Gisela performs regularly in concerts as a soloist and in ensembles, as a pianist, as well as a singer. She is available for singing or playing at functions, with focus on classical repertoire (including light classical music and Musical Theatre). Gisela is able to perform suitable repertoire singing whilst accompanying herself, if required.

Performance details
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Folk, Ragtime, Cabaret, Easy listening, Light music
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Instruments:
Piano, Singer (soprano)
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Handel, Arias especially from Messiah
Bach, Arias from St. John’s passion
Haydn, Es beut die Flur (Schöpfung/Creation)
Debussy, Ariettes oublieés; Pierrot; Apparition
Arnold Cooke, Nocturnes
Songs for soprano, cello and piano by Piatti
A variety of songs by Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, W.A. Mozart and others
Mozart, Pamina (Zauberflöte) Ach, ich fühl’s
Bizet, Aria of Michaela from Carmen ‘Je dis, que rien m’epouvante’
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I’ll do my best to accommodate time changes, where possible. Unless the day itself changes, I would expect to be fairly flexible to help you in this respect.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Since I am a classical musician, this would usually not apply- I regret to say that I cannot provide such a service.

How much time do you need to set up?

I would not need any time to set up- I can currently only accept gigs with a piano on site. However, I would need a few minutes to try the instrument.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

Definitely, as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, I’ll be very happy to play on it!

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

I’m very happy to take notes of requests- as long as the sheet music is made available to me. In the -rather unlikely - event that I would be asked to perform a piece that is only available from a recording, I might still be able to do that but this would incur an extra fee, depending on the length and complexity of the piece in question.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Sadly, at this point I do not have a portable keyboard or a car for transporting it.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I’m very happy to take notes of requests- as long as the sheet music is made available to me. If very difficult, it would incur an extra fee of £30. If I were asked to perform a piece that is only available from a recording, I might be able to do that, but this would incur an extra fee, depending on the length and complexity of the piece in question.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My enthusiasm during the performance. Clients have been happy about my choice of background music and said it contributed to a good atmosphere at the event. People attest that I am reliable and a good communicator.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Three concerts for three separate book launches, one of which also featured baroque singer Emma Kirkby. Background music venues include: IAC conference , Institute of Education, UCL London (2017) Various smaller events, usually churches City Lit Institute, reception after awards ceremony - with Her Royal Highness, Princess Ann, as guest of honour. (2019)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Mauricio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Emil Gilels,

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

At the City Lit Institute, reception following the awards ceremony - with Her Royal Highness, Princess Ann, as guest of honour. (2019)

Reviews

From customers:

Bob M, 4 years ago

I was struck a couple of years ago by your rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at a City church, and you certainly keep impressing us (and such a beautiful singing voice you have!)

Elizabeth, R, 4 years ago

What a wonderful recital today! Thank you both so much for a lovely programme and engaging performances. I really enjoyed it.

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