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Gillian Daly

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Gillian Daly is an Irish Pianist based in Melbourne. She has enjoyed a diverse musical career to date as a choral accompanist, repetiteur and chamber musician and has worked with many of Ireland and Scotland's leading musicians.

Gillian is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where she completed a postgraduate degree under scholarship (M.Mus Piano Accompaniment). During her studies, Gillian was the recipient of awards including The Alex Menzies Prize for Excellence in Piano accompaniment, First prize in the Elgar Spedding Lieder Competition and held the position of Accompaniment Fellow at RCS in 2016/2017. Gillian also earned a Bachelor of Music Education from Trinity College Dublin (B.Mus.Ed), a Licentiate Diploma in piano performance from the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) and an Associate Diploma in teaching from the Royal Irish Academy of Music (ARIAM).

As a choral accompanist, previous positions include: Accompanist and Lecturer in Piano at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department (2017-2021), Chorus Academy Pianist with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) (2018-2021), and Pianist for the National Youth Choir of Scotland and National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland.

Gillian has a varied performing career and has collaborated with instrumentalists and singers in both Ireland and Scotland. Performances include EIGSE Carlow Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival Recital, SCO pre-concert recital at BBC City Halls, BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast and soloist with the Orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet. Since 2018, she has worked as a pianist for the National Youth Choir of Northern Ireland, the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCOS) and RSNO Chorus Academy.

A passionate Music Educator, Gillian is currently Head of Keyboard and Theory in Lauriston Girls' School. Previously, she was Head of Keyboard at The High School of Glasgow, Scotland (2015-2021). During her postgraduate studies, she studied Kodaly Methodology and travelled to Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag and the Liszt Academy Budapest on two inspiring trips funded by Erasmus+ observing the music education system in both countries.

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