Jayson Gillham is from Australia, studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, and the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the Bach, Beethoven, Romantic and 20th Century piano prizes. 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.” He was awarded third prize in the London International Piano Competition in 2005 when aged 18, and won first prize in the 2008 Prix d'AmadèO de Piano in Germany. Other awards include first prize in the 2007 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Intercollegiate Piano Competition, and he was one of 20 semi-finalists of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2010, out of 350 initial applicants. He has performed at the Wigmore Hall several times, and has performed throughout UK, Europe and Australia. 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).
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