Gabriela Glapska is a Polish-born pianist based in Wellington. She received her Masters Degree with Distinction in Poland studying under the tutelage of Professor Ewa Pobłocka and completed her PhD in Music (piano class of Dr Jian Liu) with the major performance component from Victoria University of Wellington in 2020.
Gabriela is a sought-after chamber musician, accompanist and répétiteur with a strong interest in contemporary music. She has been the pianist for the annual Nelson Composers Workshops since 2017 and a pianist for the 44th International Viola Congress held in Wellington in 2017. As an advocate for the performance of new compositions, she has collaborated with many award-winning composers on both solo and ensemble projects as well as with Wellington-based contemporary ensemble STROMA and the SMP Ensemble.
In August 2022, Gabriela performed at the ISCM World New Music Days Festival held in Auckland and Christchurch. Gabriela is a founding member of the Ghost Trio along with violinist Monique Lapins and cellist Ken Ichinose, who completed a national tour for Chamber Music New Zealand’s Music Up Close series in 2021. In 2023, they performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Michael Joel in Auckland. Gabriela also collaborates with soprano Barbara Paterson, TrioNique, Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Opera (6:24 Voices of Aotearoa) and Wellington Opera (La Traviata).