Instruments: Piano, Fortepiano
About Colleen Rae-Gerrard
Meet Colleen Rae-Gerrard, a former concert pianist with an illustrious international career that has left an indelible mark on the world of music. Now based in Nelson, Colleen brings her expertise to the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, enriching our community with her talents and insights.
Colleen’s journey in the world of music commenced in New Zealand under the guidance of Dorothy Davies. Her early prowess led to broadcasts on Radio New Zealand, showcasing her as both a soloist and an accomplished accompanist. Notably, she had the privilege of recording several piano concertos with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Venturing to Europe in 1977 for further study, Colleen returned to her homeland to grace the stage alongside distinguished vocalists like Anthea Moller and Malvina Major, and accomplished instrumentalists such as violinists Yury Gezentsvey and Ronald Woodcock. Colleen’s performances have resonated with audiences in numerous countries across continents.
After her retirement from ANU in 2005, Colleen’s journey came full circle as she returned to New Zealand, settling in Hawke’s Bay. Here, she continued her career, assuming the role of Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Hastings and actively contributing as a committee member of the NZ Summer Singing School.
In 2011, Colleen’s journey led her back to ANU’s School of Music in Canberra, where she shared her knowledge through concerts, lectures, and playing the organ and piano at several churches.
We feel privileged to welcome Colleen Rae-Gerrard as an accredited teacher at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts. Her presence enriches our community, offering access to her extensive knowledge and expertise.
Skills and expertise
Colleen has recently started teaching a class called ‘Piano for Older Hands’, looking at the therapeutic role of music to enhance our minds and hands. Keep an eye out for her in the Adult Short Course Series.