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Lucy Gijsbers

Cello Lessons, Keyboard Lessons, Piano Lessons | Artist development, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring

  • Qualifications: 2014 - Master of Musical Arts, 2013 - BMus(Hons) with First Class, New Zealand School of Music, 2013 - present keyboard and theory tutor at New Zealand School of Music, 2012-13 - principal cellist of NZSO National Youth Orchestra, Dip ABRSM in cello and piano (Distinction), LTCL in piano (Distinction), Hedy King Robinson Award for Excellence in music theory, Private and Secondary school teacher of cello, piano and music theory. For references from students, please contact Lucy.
  • Pricing: $30/half an hour, $50/hour (regular lessons). Non-weekly hourly lessons - $60. Minimum $10 extra for house lessons to cover petrol and time costs.
  • Styles: Classical
  • Suitability: All ages and levels


Lucy Gijsbers completed her Bachelor of Music in cello and piano performance with first-class Honors in 2014, and in 2015 completed her Master of Musical Arts at the New Zealand School of Music. Lucy studies cello with Inbal Megiddo, and has previously studied with David Chickering and Christopher Salmon, and piano with Jian Liu, Catherine McKay, Judith Clark and Diedre Irons. She has participated in masterclasses and had lessons with Lynn Harrell, Marko Ylonen, Alisa Weilerstein, Georg Pedersen, Leonard Elschenbroich, Rowena Calvert, John Myerscough, Andrew Joyce, Shmuel Magen, Michael Klinghoffer, Susan Blake, Michael Haber, the NZ String Quartet, the NZ Trio, the Cavaleri Quartet, Michael Houston, Peter Nagy, Sofya Gulyak and John Chen, amongst others. Lucy participated in the 2014 Adelaide International Cello Festival and performed in the Canberra International Music Festival. In September 2015 she attended the Melbourne Cello Festival, where she took part in masterclasses with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Howard Penny and performed Ligeti’s Solo Cello Sonata in the Rising Stars concert.

Lucy has recently been a contract player with the NZSO. She was a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra for six years, and for the 2012-13 season was selected principal cellist of the orchestra. In 2010 she was sub principal. Lucy was invited to the NZSO National Youth Orchestraʼs 2014 season as a guest. In May 2009 Lucy was concerto soloist with the Wellington Youth Orchestra playing Elgarʼs cello concerto, and has also performed as cello concerto soloist with the Michael Monaghan Young Musicianʼs Foundation Orchestra in 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 2012 Lucy was runner-up in the NZSM concerto competition, playing Schumannʼs cello concerto.

Lucy regularly collaborates with both young composers and those more established, such as Jeroen Speak, performing and recording their new works.

In 2007 she gained DipABRSM cello performance, and in 2008 DipABRSM in piano performance, 2009 LTCL piano performance, both with distinction. She received the Hedy King Robinson award twice for excellence in music theory exams, and has been awarded many scholarships since being at the NZSM, the most recent including the Victoria Graduate Award, Freemasons Lankhuyzen/Whetu-Kairangi Music Award, Barbara Finlayson and Bal-na-Shee scholarships. Lucy has participated in the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition for the past three years, and is a member of Duo Cecilia with pianist Andrew Atkins. Last year the Duo was in the finals of the Competition. Recently they been invited to perform in various venues around the North Island and performed Weinberg’s Cello and Piano Sonata No. 2 at the Recovering Forbidden Voices Conference in 2014. Duo Cecilia won the first prize, (the Pat Walsh prize) in the New Zealand School of Music duo competition in 2015.

Lucy lives in Wellington, and may be able to travel to your house.

PLEASE NOTE – unless there is a case of illness, if lessons are cancelled less than 24 hours beforehand the fee is still liable to be paid.

Feel free to call or text Lucy for further information, including references from students – 027 785 9184, or flick her an email on

Also available for piano accompaniment.

Teaching Info

I am experienced in teaching both children and adults of all levels, and am flexible with teaching materials. Here are some references –

Lucy has introduced me to cello for the first time this year and it’s been a pretty amazing experience!
As an adult leaner, I have found Lucy’s lessons to be really enjoyable and also challenging. She very quickly picks up areas where I can improve and almost straight away I have found a real improvement in my ability. She’s really friendly and approachable and gives clear direction and comments.
I work long awkward shifts at work, but Lucy has proved to be incredibly flexible around these, we just text or email when to fit the lessons in. And she has even come straight to my house for each lesson, is never late. Considering she also has a busy schedule, I have really appreciated it.
I had a wee cello recital with my family after 6 months of lessons, and they were very impressed with the way my playing has improved from nothing to recognisable music!
It’s been an incredible few months and I thank you Lucy for all your hard work and commitment. Cheers for making the cello an achievable dream. – Lisa

Lucy has been teaching my three children (ages 11,10, and 8) since mid-2013. All three enjoy their lessons and get on well with Lucy. She is has a lovely manner with the children and is patient, calm and very encouraging. We have found Lucy to be reliable and consistent. Over the course of the lessons my eldest child has been preparing for her first piano exam and Lucy has coached her through this with confidence and skill. Since beginning lessons with Lucy we have seen a marked improvement in all three children’s musical knowledge. We look forward to many future lessons. – Helen, mother

Lessons with Lucy have been amazing. Shes so easy to learn from, from the smallest things like being able to not be afraid to speak my mind or the biggest of actually getting me to understand my music theory. She makes learning such a relaxed environment, and pushes me to actually achieve well. Since starting to work with Lucy, Ive been getting stronger and stronger with my music in a general sense, as I understand what I am actually playing, and the language and logic behind it. Im very glad to have started lessons with her, they have definitely been more than what I could of asked for. – Jessica