His sound was a winning blend of bright-toned clarity and appealing warmth
London-based Australian pianist Jayson Gillham has gained an international reputation for his compelling and elegant performances. His outstanding performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 at the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition was described in The Huffington Post as being performed ‘with such streamlined patrician elegance that he took home First Prize and a string of engagements to follow’. Following his recent performances as part of the 2016 Perth International Festival, The Australian paper maintains that ‘Jayson Gillham showed why his career has flourished in recent years, playing with a beautiful bell-like tone, a great sense of expressive lyricism, and virtuosity.
Jayson performs with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors with recent and future highlights including concerto performances with London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Benjamin Northey, Adelaide Symphony / Jeffrey Tate, Nashville Symphony / Asher Fisch, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and Wuhan Philharmonic amongst many others.
A keen recitalist Jayson performs at the world’s leading venues including Angel Place Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Perth International Arts Festival. Recent recital engagements and festivals include the Wigmore Hall, Louvre Auditorium, Verbier Festival, Saffron Hall, Royal Nottingham Concert Hall. Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Festival, Linari Classic Festival (Tuscany), Two Moors Festival, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Deia International Music Festival (Majorca), and the Bangalow and Tyalgum Music Festivals (New South Wales).
Chamber music forms an important part of Jayson’s career with highlights including performances with the Jerusalem, Carducci, Tinalley Brentano, Ruysdael and Flinders string quartets.
Jayson records exclusively for ABC Classics and 2016 will see the release of his debut recital album featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin 2017 will see the recording of a concerto album with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Leah Horwitz, Jayson relocated to London in 2007 to pursue a Master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Christopher Elton. He is grateful to the Australian Music Foundation, the Tait Memorial Trust and The Keyboard Trust for their steadfast support over several years. In 2012 Jayson was named Commonwealth Musician of the Year and Gold Medallist of the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League 60th Annual Music Competition.
Jayson is the Cultural Ambassador of the Hearts for Africa (Amani) Foundation, an NGO which empowers local people to overcome poverty in rural central Tanzania (www.heartsforafrica.org.au).