MA (1st), BMusHons (1st), FWCMT, LRSM, LTCL, AIRMT, SuzTT, Post-tertiary studies at Free University Berlin, Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Berlin, Hochschule für Musik Köln.
Gillian Bibby is a pianist, composer and writer on music and one of NZ’s foremost piano teachers. She was a winner of the Philip Neill prize in composition, the Kranichsteiner prize in composition, the Darmstadt prize for new music, was Mozart Fellow at Otago University for 2 years, and a Churchill Fellowship took her for 4 months of research in the USA.
She was president of the Composers’ Association of New Zealand for two terms, president of the Wellington Gifted Children’s Association, chairman of the Suzuki Teacher Trainers’ committee and on the Executive Board of the NZ Suzuki Institute for many years, examiner in piano for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is currently examiner for the new NZ Music Examinations Board. She has been on the National Council of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of NZ, and has worked with the Wellington Piano and Instrumental Group for a score of years. In 1997 she set up the CHAMPS Trust, a body dedicated to offering professional training in chamber music to primary and secondary students in the Wellington area. This catered for some 150 students a year during the twelve years of her administration. Recently she has passed responsibility for it over to the NZ School of Music in Wellington. Over the last three years she has been an active member of the Wellington Chamber Music Trust, which runs a Sunday chamber music series in Wellington each year and administers the Wellington area Chamber Music NZ Schools Contest each year.
She has been very active as a pianist, performing in several European countries and for many years as a national recording artist in NZ. Her CDs include ‘Life, Love and Death’ with baritone Roger Wilson; and ‘The Songs of the Morning’: a story of the music of the early days of exploration in Antarctica. The latter has been toured in NZ and in England as a stage show, to some acclaim. She also appeared on the recent CDs ‘Douglas Lilburn: Salutes to Poets’, and on ‘Sunrise: Music from New Zealand for Young Pianists’ and Take Flight: Music from New Zealand for Intermediate Pianists.
She has lectured at several universities on composition and musicology, and wrote music columns for 10 years for the NZ Listener, The Evening Post (Wellington), Music in NZ and other journals.
In 2008 she edited Sunrise: Music from New Zealand for Young Pianists, a 60-page volume of piano pieces for the early grades by eighteen New Zealand composers. It includes eleven of her own works. This was followed two years later by ‘Take Flight: Music from New Zealand for Intermediate Pianists’, an 80-page volume which includes four longer works of hers, along with works by 49 other New Zealand composers. These are the first two of four planned volumes of NZ music for young people, published by The Sunrise Music Trust, of which she is a trustee.