Fulbrighter Bryony Gibson-Cornish is one of New Zealand’s finest emerging artists. At 19 years old, she was accepted into the Master of Music program at The Juilliard School, to study with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours, primarily studying with Stephen Larsen (viola) and Dame Malvina Major (voice) from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Bryony’s love of chamber music began when she competed in the annual NZCT Secondary Schools Chamber Music Contest, placing first on two occasions. This love was intensified at the Taos School of Music, where she was a 2013 Young Concert Artist. Bryony values her connection with home, presenting concerts and workshops on a regular basis.
In recent years, Bryony has had success in a number of national competitions. In 2010 she was a semi-finalist and winner of the New Zealand String Player Award in the Gisborne International Music Competition. She was also awarded the ‘Most Promising’ prize in the National Concerto Competition and gained Third Prize in the PACANZ Young Performer of the Year awards in 2011.
In 2010 Bryony began studying full-time at the University of Canterbury on a UC Emerging Leaders Scholarship in 2010 at the age of 16. She continued her association with Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, returning to conduct the Junior Chorale and coach a Junior String Quartet. Bryony has continued mentoring at Juilliard, in her role as a Pre-College Orchestra and String Ensemble Mentor.
Bryony has always loved orchestral playing, and auditioned successfully for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra at 14 years old. She continued to play with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra until she left New Zealand, serving as Sub-Principal in 2010 and 2011. Shortly after her first season with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra, she started playing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as a Contract Player. Bryony later joined The Juilliard Orchestra, where she has worked under conductors such as Itzhak Perlman, Jeffery Milarsky, Stephen Lord, Alan Gilbert and Christoph von Dohnanyi, serving as Sub-Principal on occasion.
In 2013, Bryony attended the Taos School of Music in New Mexico, where she received coachings from the Shanghai, Borromeo and Brentano Quartets, as wells as pianist Robert McDonald.
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Bryony Gibson-Cornish, Waiporoporo Moana (Purple Ocean)
William Walton, Viola Concerto No.1, Andante comodo
Rebecca Clarke, Sonata for Viola & Piano, 3rd Movement, Adagio-Allegro
Henri Vieuxtemps, Sonata for Viola & Piano in Bb, Op.36, 1st Movement, Maestoso-Allegro
Henri Vieuxtemps, Sonata for Viola & Piano in Bb, Op.36, 2nd Movement, Barcarolla
Henri Vieuxtemps, Sonata for Viola & Piano in Bb, Op.36, 3rd Movement, Finale Scherzando