London Music Teachers

Lucy Gijsbers

Lucy Gijsbers


Piano Lessons | Cello Lessons, Keyboard Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Theory Lessons

  • Qualifications: 2017-18 - Artist Diploma, Royal College of Music, London. 2014 - Master of Musical Arts, 2013 - BMus(Hons) with First Class, 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.
  • Pricing: £35/30mins, £50/60 mins
  • Styles: Classical, but flexible!
  • Suitability: All ages and levels


London-based New Zealand cellist Lucy Gijsbers graduated in July 2018 with an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London. As an RCM Scholar, she graduated top of her class under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll. She 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. There, Lucy studied 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.

Lucy has recently been a contract player with the NZSO and was a member of their 2017 Fellowship Programme. 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. Lucy has been concerto soloist with the Wellington Youth Orchestra playing Elgarʼs cello concerto, and has also performed as soloist with the Michael Monaghan Young Musicianʼs Foundation Orchestra and the Tawa Orchestra. This year, she was a prizewinner at the RCM Cello Competition.

She has performed in venues throughout the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Lucy performed in the 2018 Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival, and also the Swansea International Festival, Windsor Festival, Adelaide International Cello Festival and the Canberra International Music Festival. In September 2015 she was invited to attend the Melbourne Cello Festival, where she performed Ligeti’s Solo Cello Sonata in the Rising Stars Concert.

A keen chamber musician, Lucy was a member of Duo Cecilia with pianist Andrew Atkins. In November 2014 the Duo was in the finals of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition in New Zealand. The duo has 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 first prize in the New Zealand School of Music duo competition in 2015.

She has participated in masterclasses with Lynn Harrell, Wolfgang Schmidt, Philippe Muller, Richard Aaron, Marko Ylonen, Alisa Weilerstein, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Georg Pedersen, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alvin Wong, Rowena Calvert, John Myerscough, Andrew Joyce, Shmuel Magen, Michael Klinghoffer, Susan Blake, Euan Murdoch, James Tennant, Michael Haber, the NZ String Quartet, the NZ Trio, the Cavaleri Quartet, Michael Houston, Peter Nagy, Sofya Gulyak and John Chen, amongst others.

Whilst still in high school,  she gained DipABRSM cello performance, and DipABRSM and LTCL in piano performance, both with distinction. She received the Hedy King Robinson award twice for excellence in music theory exams, and was been awarded many scholarships whilst 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 regularly collaborates with both young composers and those more established, such as Jeroen Speak, performing and recording their new works.




Teaching Info

Lucy has had years of teaching experience and loves teaching adults and children alike. She tailors her teaching style to suit each pupil’s needs, and has had fantastic reviews from her students. Many of her students have sat Trinity and ABRSM exams, all with a 100% pass rate. Back in NZ Lucy was teaching 25-30 students privately per week, and she still has some space available for new students here in London.
Lucy may be able to travel to your home for lessons.
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
Please give a minimum 24 hours’ notice for cancellations, except in the case of illness.
Lessons are to be paid for on the day.
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