GILL RIPLEY . VIOLIN
Originally from the U.K., Gillian was awarded a scholarship to study the violin at Manchester University and completed her Master’s Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Subsequently, she was awarded a place with the Southbank Sinfonia in London, performing in venues including The Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and in Italy.
Gillian enjoyed a busy and varied career as a freelance violinist in the U.K.; performing and recording with many prestigious orchestras in the UK. Alongside her busy performing schedule, Gillian has always enjoyed teaching the violin, and an interest in music and movement lead Gillian to study Dalcroze Eurythmics, gaining a qualification in this innovative approach to experiencing and teaching music in 2018.
Gillian took a break from performing in 2019 when she relocated to New Zealand with her husband and two small boys. Although the break has been longer than she anticipated due to the global pandemic, she is looking forward to getting involved with the musical scene in this country as things get back to normal.
Gillian is a keen chamber musician and enjoys performing all kinds of music with various ensembles, including a recent recording with the Strata String Quartet. Her solo credits include the Beethoven, Bruch, Sibelius and Mendelssohn Violin concertos and Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending.