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29th Season 2012-13
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Wednesday 26th September 2012
Jayson Gillham Piano Recital

Commences 7.30pm (Hartlepool Town Hall)



Jayson Gillham
Artist Information:

2012 Gold Medallist - 60th Royal Over-Seas League Competition (London, UK).

2011 1st Prize Brant International Piano Competition (Birmingham, UK).

2010 Semifinalist XVI Chopin International Piano Competition (Warsaw, Poland).

Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham, from rural Queensland, has been based in London since 2007. While completing his Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in 2007-09, he won the Bach, Beethoven, Romantic and 20th Century piano prizes, and as the RAM's elected representative, he went on to win first prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Intercollegiate Piano Competition. At his graduation Jayson was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital; the report from the panel reads: "The rare occasion when the word 'phenomenal' is appropriate [...] Perhaps the finest final recital we can remember."

In October 2010 Jayson was a semi-finalist in the renowned Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Out of an initial 350 applicants, he reached the final twenty and is the first Australian ever to advance so far in this competition. Author and competition critic Michael Moran remarked on Jayson's playing in Warsaw:

The Australian Jayson Gillham I felt brought some much needed authentic Chopin expression into what was partly a day of the demonstration of technical prowess rather than the creation of 'music' [...] Marvellous 'laid back' approach to playing Chopin and a deep natural musicality. How refreshing [...] A formidable technique and deep interpretative insight [...] Reminded me at various moments so much of the moderation and taste of Artur Rubinstein - qualities in very short supply during this competition.

Other successes include: Winner - Royal Over-Seas League Competition (London, 2012); First prize - Brant International Piano Competition (Birmingham, 2011); First prize - Prix d'AmadeO de Piano (Aachen, 2008); First prize - Australian National Piano Award (Shepparton, 2008); and Third prize - London International Piano Competition (2005).

Jayson has performed in many London venues, including the Royal Festival Hall (soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Kings Place. As a member of the Countess of Munster Trust's 'Recital Scheme', he has delighted audiences in venues throughout the length and breadth of the UK. His relationship with the Keyboard Charitable Trust has taken him further afield, with performances in New York (Steinway Hall), Virginia (USA), Hamburg, Frankfurt, Verona, Vicenza, Padua and the Scottish North Highlands.

In 2011 Jayson was invited to perform in China, where he played two Mozart concertos with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. On his return to the UK, he played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and he has recently appeared as guest artist at the Brighton Festival, Linari Classic Festival (Tuscany), and the Deià International Music Festival (Majorca).

Jayson performs regularly in Australia, returning each year for recital, concerto, chamber music and festival work. He has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Sinfonia, Southbank Sinfonia (Melbourne), Queensland Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony and Queensland Youth Symphony. He is a regular artist at the Tyalgum and Bangalow Music Festivals in northern New South Wales.

In 2012 Jayson tours in South-East Asia and Europe with the Queensland Youth Symphony, playing Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto. This follows recitals and radio broadcasts in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Other upcoming performance highlights include recitals in Bonn and at the Louvre Auditorium (Paris), and a concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Jayson currently lives in the King's Cross neighbourhood in London, where he volunteers weekly as a maths tutor at Argyle primary school - an initiative he set up with other post-graduates and young professionals living in the area. He is also the Cultural Ambassador of the Hearts for Africa (Amani) Foundation, an NGO which empowers local people to overcome poverty in rural central Tanzania.

Watch Jayson's performances in Warsaw on YouTube:




"The Australian Jayson Gillham ... Marvellous 'laid back' approach to playing Chopin and a deep natural musicality. ... A formidable technique and deep interpretative insight ... Reminded me at various moments so much of the moderation and taste of Artur Rubinstein" - Michael Moran at the Warsaw International Chopin Competition.

STOP PRESS: Commonwealth Musician of the Year - Wednesday, 9th May 2012

Australian pianist Jayson Gillham last night won the Royal Over-Seas League's "Commonwealth Musician of the Year" Gold Medal and a total of £16,000 prize money in its 60th Annual Music Competition in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's Southbank Centre.

Already a winner of the Keyboard Section held in February, Jayson competed against the three other finalist winners of the Strings, Wind and Vocal sections of this competition chosen from over 400 applicants.

Jayson joins a distinguished alumni of ROSL Annual Music Competition Gold Medallists including Australian pianists Geoffrey Parsons (1953) and Piers Lane (1982).

The young Australian Pianist Jayson Gillham comes to Sunderland sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

This is a difficult sponsorship to win in a highly competitive field, and, over the years, the Countess of Munster Trust has introduced to the world some of our most distinguished soloists. Sunderland music lovers will be able to enjoy an interesting programme of Mozart, Chopin and Schumann performed on the famous Sunderland Society Steinway Concert Grand by one of the Piano Stars of the future. Jayson Gillham is a graduate and medallist of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where he studied with Leah Horwitz.

At the Royal Academy of Music, London, Jayson was awarded the Academy's Bach, Beethoven, Romantic and 20th Century piano prizes.

The future of Classical Music is in safe hands with brilliant talent like Jayson's to produce such quality for our audiences to enjoy!

"A remarkably cleanly executed performance of the First Piano Concerto (Liszt) with some beguiling singing tone in the slow movement and a beautifully controlled touch in the Scherzo" - Stephen Pettitt, Evening Standard (London)

"Fluid, controlled and sophisticated. Every note, every nuance was carefully thought out with measured clarity and simplicity. (Mozart Concerto No. 27 in B-flat K595)" - James Harper, Courier Mail (Brisbane)

"A romantically fervent and technically flawless account (Schumann Concerto)" - Fred Blanks, North Shore Times (Sydney)


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