Gillian Rogell founded the Heart of Chamber Music Institute, now known as the Aspinwall Hill Chamber Music Foundation, in 1999, first developing chamber music workshops which were aimed at providing a supportive, non-judgmental environment where players could more fully understand the intimate language of chamber music. These workshops incorporated “complementary” practices (acting, yoga, tai chi, Alexander technique) to help players lose their “self” consciousness and more easily become the music.
Rogell has developed both practical and conceptual coaching techniques based on the musical language found in the repertoire itself. She herself was coached by master chamber musicians including the original Hungarian Quartet, Edgar Ortenberg of the Budapest Quartet, and her mentor, Eugene Lehner.
Rogell studied viola with Karen Tuttle while earning her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and received her Master's degree with Honors at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Scott Nickrenz.
Active as a violist and chamber musician in the rich Boston musical life, she has also taught and performed at festivals in Israel and Czech Republic, and in the United States at Castle Hill Festival, Killington Music Festival, and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts.
Rogell has been a member of the viola and chamber music faculties of New England Conservatory Preparatory School since 1977, and now also directs the chamber music department at NEC's School of Continuing Education. She is also on the faculty of the Walnut Hill School in Natick, and maintains a private chamber music studio in Brookline.
Rogell recently presented a seminar in chamber music outreach at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York, and has also been been invited to give a coaching demonstration entitled "MusicAlchemy: Transforming Young Teachers Into Coaches" at the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in May 2010.
Studies at Swarthmore College; B.A. (University of Pennsylvania); M.M. with Honors (NEC). Creator of the award-winning DVD At the Heart of Chamber Music. Founder and Director, Heart of Chamber Music Institute. Chamber Music Director, Heifetz International Music Institute, 2004. Chair, chamber music department, NEC School of Continuing Education. Faculty, viola and chamber music, NEC Preparatory School; Walnut Hill School. Viola with Karen Tuttle and Scott Nickrenz. Chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner, Eric Rosenblith, John Heiss, Hungarian Quartet, Curtis Quartet. Chamber music performances include Brown University, Gardner Museum, Castle Hill Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Pro Arte Aperitif concert. Performances with Boston Pops, Boston Ballet, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Opera Company of Boston, Cantata Singers, others. Former faculty, Longy School of Music, All Newton Music School.
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