Gemma Rosefield - Cello
“Gemma Rosefield obviously has technique to burn and is sensitive to mood and atmosphere.” Classic FM Magazine
Winner of the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award at Wigmore Hall in 2007, Gemma made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen, when she won First Prize in the European Music for Youth Competition in Oslo, Norway, playing a televised performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other numerous awards and prizes include the Premier Prix Maurice Ravel in France.
Gemma studied with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained the Vice-Principal’s Special Prize, and then with Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won the coveted Gold Medal. She has also studied with Johannes Goritzki, Gary Hoffman, Bernard Greenhouse and Zara Nelsova, and has participated in masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis and Yo-Yo Ma. Gemma has performed with eminent musicians such as György Pauk, Menahem Pressler and Stephen Kovacevich. Gemma has a deep interest in contemporary music – works have been written for her by David Matthews, Cecilia McDowall, James Francis Brown, Julian Dawes, Rhian Samuel and David Knotts.
Described by The Strad on her 2003 Wigmore Hall debut as “a mesmerising musical treasure”, by the London Evening Standard in 2005 as “a phenomenal talent”, and featured in BBC Music Magazine as “one to watch” in 2007, Gemma has made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in the Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters International Recital Series. She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall, and also the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue. She has recently performed Michael Ellison’s Concerto for Cello, Turkish instruments and orchestra with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 3. Following a Wigmore Hall Sunday Morning Coffee Concert with Ashley Wass in April 2009, Gemma played a very well received ten-concert series in Japan, and subsequently toured Mexico, giving six concerts, one televised live, with Morgan Szymanski, her cello/guitar duo partner, and Machaca, their Latin American group. In January 2011, Gemma joined the dynamic chamber group Ensemble 360, with whom she enjoys a residency at Music in the Round in Sheffield. She is a founding member of the Leonore Piano Trio who have recently recorded their first CD for Hyperion of Arensky Trios due for release in February 2014.
Future and recent recital and chamber engagements include Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Leamington Hastings, Lakeside Arts Nottingham, Kings Place and a tour of New Zealand and performances with Carducci String Quartet, Fidelio Piano Quartet and La Linea Festival at the Southbank Centre with Morgan Szymanski. In Europe, performances in Belgium (Brussels), the Czech Republic (Prague and Litomyšl), France (Paris, Orpheus and Bacchus Festival Bordeaux, Obernai Festival, Strasbourg and Marseilles), Italy (La Mortella Festival, Ischia), the Netherlands (Hilversum), Germany (Nürnberg) and in Sweden.
Gemma’s latest recording with Hyperion (of Stanford’s cello music, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze) was released in Autumn 2011. Recent invitations include concert performances with the BBC SSO, the BBC Symphony Chorus at Maida Vale Studios, and a recording with the BBC Concert Orchestra. She performed the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Brighton Philharmonic and Barry Wordsworth to close their 12/13 season. In November 2013 she performed the première of a new work by Cecilia McDowell at Westminster Abbey.