Dr Gabriela Mayer is currently the Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies at Ireland’s largest music conservatoire, the CIT Cork School of Music. She is also the Erasmus coordinator and has been responsible for developing the international activities in the school since 2007. She is also the Course Director for the Taught MA course in Performance at the CIT Cork School of Music.
As a recipient of a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship to Germany in 1997, Ms. Mayer studied piano performance at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin. She also completed a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland in the USA, graduating with the highest honours. In America, she taught at the American University in Washington DC. Since moving to Ireland, she has been involved in teaching as well as performing both solo and chamber music recitals.
She has been involved in activities of the Association of European Conservatoires (AEC) and European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) through participation in seminars, giving presentations at conferences on pedagogical and performance topics and as an international representative of the AEC on institutional review panels. Her students have won prizes and awards in piano performance and chamber music competitions and many of the MA graduates she taught have secured professional careers as teachers and collaborative pianists.