Internationally praised for his compelling performances, Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham is recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation. After receiving numerous prizes from some of the world’s leading piano competitions including the Leeds and Van Cliburn, it was Jayson’s win at the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition that brought him to international attention. His outstanding performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 was praised in the Canadian press and described as being played ‘with absorbing and relentless elegance’.
In May 2015 Jayson signed a three-album recording contract with ABC Classic. His debut recital album featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin, released in 2016, immediately reached the No. 1 spot in both the Core Classical and Classical Crossover ARIA charts. This first release was soon followed by Jayson’s highly acclaimed live recording of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Jayson’s next studio album, of works by Medtner and Rachmaninoff with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northey, was recorded in 2017 and received unanimous praise, including Limelight magazine’s Recording of the Month. His solo album Romantic Bach, featuring original works by Bach alongside virtuoso piano transcriptions, was released internationally in January 2019.
Jayson performs with the world’s leading orchestras, with recent highlights including engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Alexander Shelley, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Victor Aviat, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Joshua Weilerstein, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with the late Sir Jeffrey Tate and Nicholas Carter, West Australian Symphony Orchestra with Asher Fisch, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra with Giordano Bellincampi, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey as well as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Nashville Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
In recital, Jayson has appeared at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Saffron Hall, Royal Nottingham Concert Hall and the Barbican in the UK, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Montreal’s Pollack Hall, the Steinway Hall in New York, Sydney’s City Recital Hall and the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. His festival highlights include performances at the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Festival and the Two Moors Festival.
Chamber music forms an important part of Jayson’s career. He frequently collaborates in performance with the Jerusalem, Carducci, Brentano, Ruysdael and Flinders String Quartets, and his 2018 tour with the innovative Manchester Collective took him to several high-profile venues in the UK and the Netherlands. In 2019 Jayson toured Australia with renowned Australian soprano Nicole Car and baritone Étienne Dupuis, performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.