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Gabriela Mayer is currently the Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies at the MTU Cork School of Music. Her early training was in her native Romania, as well as Italy and later the USA, where she won numerous awards and scholarships. As a recipient of a Fulbright Graduate Fellowship to Germany, 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 and Smith College in West Virginia. Since moving to Ireland, she has engaged in teaching as well as performing both solo and chamber music recitals. Collaborators have included string and wind players from the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and colleagues from the MTU Cork School of Music such as Ruxandra Colan, Mary Hegarty, Siun Milne, Aoife Nic Athlaoich, Cian O’ Duill, Matthew Manning, Maria Ryan, Stephen Kelly, Alex Petcu, Jan Cap and Kelley Lonergan. She has also performed with the Prizm Ensemble, Opus Pocus Trio, The Cork Wind Chamber Ensemble and with many emerging young soloists from Cork. 

She is also 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 graduates she taught have secured professional careers and continue to be active as performers. 

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