Australian pianist and composer Gemma Turvey formed the NPCO in 2011. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Gemma studied with renowned classical pianist and pedagogue Stephen Savage and jazz pianists Louise Denson and Stephen Newcomb.
Gemma currently performs principally as pianist and ensemble leader of the NPCO and is also pianist and arranger to Gorgi Coghlan (vocalist). She has also worked with ensembles including Topology New Music Ensemble, David Chesworth Ensemble, and singers Kristin Berardi, Tina Arena and Kate Miller-Heidke.
Gemma is an active composer, having released four commercial CDs as pianist/composer and ensemble leader; Between the Lines (2015), and Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye (2012) with the NPCO, Into the Life of Things (2008) and Standing (2006). Gemma has also written music for Australian TV Series Neighbours, international award-winning short film producer Stuart Parkyn (Park Films), independent theatre, public installation and private commissions.
Gemma received the Melbourne-Boston Sister Cities Association 2013 Hugh Rogers Fellowship for Arts & Culture, which enabled her to travel to Boston for one month in January 2014 to undertake improvisation and composition study with multi Grammy Award winning improvising cellist Eugene Friesen at Berklee College of Music. Gemma was a finalist in the 2010 International Piano Improvisation Competition in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Gemma is based in Melbourne, Australia and is a passionate teacher of piano at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music Program as well as her private studio.
Gemma is a proud ambassador of The Florey Brains Trust, a unique initiative created by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health to support ground-breaking brain research. For more information visit florey.edu.au