On a return visit to New Zealand in 2014, Giselle played a concert of works for solo violin at NZSM in the Adam Concert Room on Friday 15 August, including this work by New Zealand composer Helen Bowater.
Originally from New Zealand, Giselle has a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas.Giselle Hillyer teaches violin and viola lessons in the University of Idaho Preparatory Division, and university music classes. From 2006 - 2013 Giselle was an adjunct lecturer in violin and viola at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. She also frequently performed with her piano trio, Trio St Croix, and her string quartet, The Birchwood String Quartet.
Composer Helen Bowater writes: “Zingaro was written in August 1988 and presents the peregrinations of a tune in search of its true face. It was first performed in 1990 by Mary O’Brien as part of a CANZ concert in Auckland, and has since been performed by Miranda Adams both in Nelson and Wellington.”
Helen was the Creative New Zealand/Jack C Richards Composer-in-Residence at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music in 2008-2009.