Gisela hails from Cape Town, South Africa where she started playing the violin at the tender age of 4 yrs. Throughout her schooling, her violin playing flourished, and she quickly developed a distinctive flair and individual playing style of her own which she retains today.
She was awarded a coveted full scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music to study at the RSAMD in Glasgow, and graduated in 2004 With a BMus (Hons).
During her 4 years at the RSAMD, she was approached by the renowned Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, to be a session player. Subsequent tours with them took her all over the world and she has played to sell-out crowds in USA, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and Australia.
She has also played at several festivals, including Glastonbury (UK), Fuji Festival (Japan) and Benicassim (Spain). Album appearances and live studio and television recordings followed, with Gisela even landing a starring role in the music video for the single ‘Wrapped Up In Books’. She has been fortunate to have performed with the legendary Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys.
An experienced and well-travelled performer, Gisela now combines a busy and varied freelance career with tutoring violin for North Ayrshire Music Service and playing with the multi award winning Wedding String Quartet, Capella.