Photography: Helen Roscoe
Since coming to the UK, Greta has given recitals in venues such as St. Martin in the Fields (London), Lansdowne Club (Mayfair), St. Ann’s Church, St Emmanuel’s Church and the RNCM Concert Hall (Manchester). Greta has also been involved in various musical projects which have included collaborating with other RNCM students when performing in Spotlight Concerts, Monday Recital Series, and competitions. Her collaboration with the composer Aled Smith and the soprano Jenny Carson won second prize at the RNCM/MMU Rosamond Prize (Manchester, 2014).
Always interested in expanding her experiences with exciting projects, Greta has played the piano in the ITV Series Victoria as a hand double for Jenna Coleman starring as the young queen (UK, 2016).
Educational and outreach projects are an important part in Greta’s musical interests. Some of these projects have included performing at the Bridgewater Hall for the Christmas with the Halle and for the Pre-Composing project, taking part in the RNCM Guinness World Record for the largest number of people simultaneously playing the same piano, performing for the RNCM/MMU Rosamond Prize, the SU Music for Health Scheme and RNCM Music in Hospitals.
Greta is also a passionate piano teacher who loves to help her students’ achieve their musical potential. She is running her own music teaching studio (Gasser Music Studio), delivering music workshops, and teaching at the Manchester High School for Girls. She is also a piano teacher for Yorkshire Young Musicians. Previous teaching experiences include the RNCM Piano Pedagogy Placement at the RC Holy Name Primary School (Manchester) and teaching at Droylsden Academy. All these experiences have given Greta the opportunity to develop her skills as a teacher and contribute to the expansion of music making in the community.
Greta studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and graduated from with Distinction the Masters of Music in Piano Performance degree. She studied with the distinguished teachers Helen Krizos and Frank Wibaut at the RNCM, Gabriela Nemes and Roxana Sava at George Georgescu Special Music and Arts High School (Romania), and Diana Brătan at the PianoForte Music School (Romania). She was prize winner of the ‘George Georgescu International Music Performance Competition’ (Tulcea 2003-2011), the ‘W. A. Mozart International Music Competition’ (Targoviste 2008), and The National Olympiad of Music Performance (2003-2010).
She is grateful for the generous support offered by the FW Wright Piano Scholarship, the Helen Rachael Mackaness Trust, the George Stanger Music Trust, and the Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation.