Michal Cihelka

Composer Pianist

I was born in the Czech Republic in 1979. My late father, determined to provide a better life for his family, moved us to New Zealand when I was three years old. I have been a proud Wellingtonian since.

I studied piano and music theory with the late Jocelyn Walker, a prominent Wellington teacher, and subsequently with Judith Clark and Dr Thomas Hecht at Victoria University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hon.) degree, majoring in Piano Performance, in 2000.

In the years that followed I pursued my other interests, photography and computer programming, while freelancing as a pianist, accompanist, and piano teacher. During this time I recorded three albums (the "For the Love of Piano" series).

In 2007 I joined the Ministry of Justice as a Court Reporter and later Analyst where I was able to utilise my computer programming talents to design and build reporting systems.

In 2018, having completed over 10 years of service to the Ministry, I decided to start transitioning back to my original passion, music and the piano.

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