Jayson Gillham - Piano

He plays Beethoven in a very open, honest, secure way – with a sort of ‘glow’

… always a lovely sound – gorgeous. Sir Mark Elder

Born and raised in Queensland, London-based Australian pianist Jayson Gillham is recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation.  He is internationally praised for his compelling performances and relentless elegance. Jayson’s performances of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, were met with critical acclaim. The Australian writes: 

His sound was a winning blend of bright-toned clarity and appealing warmth. Tempos were expansive and measured, he gracefully dispatched the virtuosic passagework with dexterity, and his supple phrasing and subtle dynamic control stylishly realised the many sustained pianissimo passages...Gillham’s poised, insightful account captured the concerto’s lyrical essence. (Dec 2016)

After receiving numerous prizes from some of the world’s leading piano competitions, it was Jayson’s win at the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition that brought him to international attention. Jayson’s outstanding performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.4 was described as being performed with such streamlined patrician elegance that he took home the 1st Prize and a string of engagements to follow. (Huffington Post) 

Jayson now performs with some of the world’s leading orchestras and conductors with recent and future highlights including engagements with the Sydney Symphony / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Melbourne Symphony / Benjamin Northey, Adelaide Symphony / Jeffrey Tate, West Australia Symphony / Asher Fish, Queensland Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Eroica Ensemble, Nashville Symphony / Asher Fisch, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana and Wuhan Philharmonic amongst others. 

In recital, Jayson performs at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, Louvre Auditorium, Saffron Hall, Royal Nottingham Concert Hall, City Recital Hall Sydney, Melbourne Recital Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Chamber music forms an important part of Jayson’s career with highlights including performances with the Goldner, Jerusalem, Orava, Carducci, Tinalley, Brentano, Ruysdael and Flinders string quartets. 

Jayson records exclusively for ABC Classics and his debut recital album (released in Oct 2016) featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin immediately reached the No.1 spot in both the Core Classical and Classical Crossover ARIA charts. His most recent recording of Medtner's Piano Concerto No.1 and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 / Melbourne Symphony / Benjamin Northey was nominated as the best classical album in this year's ARIA awards. The album has been garnering critical acclaim internationally and Presto Classical's Editor writes:  

The young Australian pianist is the most persuasive of advocates for Medtner's neglected First Concerto, his bright timbre and judicious use of rubato keeping the lush Romanticism of the first movement just on the right side of sentimentality and pointing up the almost jazzy syncopations of the finale. (August 2017) 

Jayson will also feature in a documentary film about the life of Geoffrey Tozer who was the original rare champion of Medtner's music. It will be premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2018.  

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.