Reviving the art of the recital for lovers of the piano, Medici Concerts each year in Brisbane offers some very special experiences for their subscribers and attendees to enjoy.
It’s always good to have on board International guests and welcome them to Australia. However, it is also good to welcome home a musician who is representing Australia well on the international scene.
It was 2005 when aged 18, Jayson was awarded third prize in the London International Piano Competition, the first ever Australian to reach the finals. In the decade or so since he has secured a fine reputation for his ‘expressive lyricism and virtuosity’.
He will provide a rich experience of the works in his repertoire, including four all time favourites by virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin; Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57, the Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51, the Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op 18 and the Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53 ‘Heroic’.
It was 2007 when Jayson Gillham was funded by Brisbane City Council via the Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Scholarship to travel to London so that he would be able to expand both his experience and studies at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music.
He has since repaid their trust and faith in his abilities ten fold. Giving him support has proved a grand investment in ensuring continuing relationships between people and countries on many levels.
He has also been awarded and commended in some of the world’s greatest piano competitions since that time.
Winner of the National Piano Award in Australia in 2008, Jayson Gillham was required to demonstrate an understanding of music during the so-called ‘Baroque’ era in Europe both up to and including J.S. Bach.
He had to offer a clear view of classic music after J.S. Bach, the music of Beethoven or Schubert and then from French Impressionist music in the late 19th century through to 1950 and what we consider contemporary music, composed after 1950. This level of competition requires not only technical mastery but also an ability to showcase intellectual and emotional responses through interpretations of style.
He was also first prize winner in 2008 of the Prix d’Amadèo de Piano (international competition Aachen, Germany), won the Liszt Society Prize and McCallum Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League London Music Competition.
Jayson Gillham has distinguished himself wherever he has played in the world, with the Australian Music Foundation, the Tait Memorial Trust and The Keyboard Trust offering 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.
In 2014 he won the Montreal International Music Competition and reached the final of the International Chopin competition in Warsaw, one of the hardest in the world. He was also winner of the UK’s Gold Medal as Commonwealth Musician of the Year.
The best thing you can do is to make a booking to watch and hear Jayson Gillham play live.
Watching him play on You Tube is a teaser only… because in the flesh so to speak, watching Jayson Gillham play is a very special experience.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
Jayson Gillham Playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 E-flat major
J S BACH Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
HANDEL Chaconne in G, HWV 435
BEETHOVEN Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’
CHOPIN Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57, Impromptu No 3 in G flat major, Op 51, Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op 18 and Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53 ‘Heroic’.