Associate Professor Gillian Ansell

Associate Professor, NZSQ
NZ String Quartet, School of Music

Teaching in 2020




  • Artist in Residence - New Zealand String Quartet, Classical Performance - Chamber Music
  • Senior Lecturer, Classical Performance (Strings) - Viola


Gillian Ansell was born in Auckland, New Zealand and began violin and piano lessons at an early age. At 16 years she made her concerto debut with the Auckland Symphonia (now the Auckland Philharmonia).

An Associated Board Scholarship to study violin, viola and piano took Gillian Ansell to the Royal College of Music in London where she won several prizes. She then took up a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) scholarship for further study in Germany at the Musikhochschule Cologne with Igor Ozim and the Amadeus Quartet.

After working professionally in London for three years she returned to New Zealand to become a founding member of the New Zealand String Quartet. She was second violinist for two years before taking up the position of violist of the group. In 2001 she became Artistic Director, with fellow quartet member Helene Pohl, of the Adam New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music. In 2008 Gillian was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to music.