Australian pianist Jayson Gillham is a graduate and medallist of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, where he studied with Leah Horwitz. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts course at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Professor Christopher Elton. Jayson has performed on a number of occasions with major Australian orchestras, including The Queensland Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Sinfonia Australis, the Willoughby Symphony, and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, aged eighteen, Gillham was awarded third prize in the London International Piano Competition, when he played Liszt’s Concerto No 1 in E flat at the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sian Edwards.
Since commencing studies at the Royal Academy of Music, Jayson has been awarded the Academy’s Bach, Beethoven, Romantic and 20th Century piano prizes. He was recently named first prize winner of the 2008 Prix d’Amadèo de Piano (international competition of Aachen, Germany), as well as the 2008 Australian National Piano Award. Other awards include the Liszt Society Prize, the McCallum Prize in the 2008 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition, and first prize in the 2007 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition.