Morning Mood from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 | Edvard Grieg
Piano duet – Rosemary Adler & Gemma Lee
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 | Edvard Grieg
Solo piano – Rosemary Adler, Orchestral reduction – Gemma Lee
Suite Bergamasque | Claude Debussy
Solo piano – Gemma Lee
Suite for Piano on Traditional Jewish and Israeli Folk Dance Tunes
Collected and performed by Rosemary Adler
Event photograph by kind permission of Phillipa Karn Photography
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Rosemary’s musical life began at home where there was always a piano. She loved to hear her mother play, especially having fun with friends, playing duets, and started learning from her before formal lessons began at the age of six. Following a life long musical trail she gained qualifications in piano, violin, viola and a Bachelor of Education degree. She then taught music, maths and other subjects for many years in primary and secondary schools in the UK, conducting orchestras, choirs and herself playing in solo concerts, chamber music, orchestras, and singing in choirs.
Rosemary is a well known figure at the Whittakers Music Museum where she has helped since Lloyd and Joan brought it to Waiheke in 1996, the same year she came to the island.
She has given many solo and ensemble concerts there including Schumann and Mozart piano concertos. She also teaches piano on the island.
Rosemary is very active in the arts scene on Waiheke, enjoying being a member of the a cappella choir Sister Shout, with whom she has sung, conducted and arranged many songs, the Red Shed Art Gallery where she has exhibited her photography, portraits and mixed media works, and a past member of the Writers’ Group at the Catherine Mitchell Arts Centre, still writing, especially poetry. And she loves spending time in the magical nature of Waiheke.
She continues to relish learning new, and revisiting previously learned works and developing easier and more effective ways to practise and teach that are relevant to the present times and people… always open to creative ideas!
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Gemma Lee is a collaborative pianist based in Auckland. She holds a Master of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland and received numerous awards and scholarships during her tertiary studies, including the Anne Bellam Scholarship, the University of Auckland Arts & Cultural Blues Awards, and the coveted Pettman/ROSL International Chamber Music Scholarship in 2011. As a chamber musician, she has performed in venues across the United Kingdom and Europe, including at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Goldener Saal of the Vienna Musikverein.
Gemma has accompanied masterclasses and workshops led by international talents, including conductor Wyn Davies, director Sara Brodie (NZ), and oboist Gordon Hunt (UK). In 2013, she collaborated with acclaimed Scottish writer Janice Galloway for the Auckland Writer’s Festival’s sold-out show, Young Clara. Gemma has been involved in education projects with New Zealand’s leading performing arts organisations, including the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Opera Factory, NZ Opera, and the Royal New Zealand Ballet.