“In many ways, the act of performing Bach’s original keyboard music on the ... Read more

New Album Release: Romantic Bach

Written by Jayson, Monday 4th February 2019

Jayson Gillham – Romantic Bach: From Intimate to Epic (CD ALBUM)

Romantic Bach album cover

Australia/NZ release: 2 Nov 2018
Worldwide release: 25 Jan 2019

Featuring 11 of Bach’s compositions transcribed and arranged, from Rachmaninoff’s arrangement of the Violin Partita in E major into a pianistic showpiece, to Myra Hess’s sublime ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’, Jayson Gillham’s latest release is a love letter to Bach from a who’s who of the great pianists and pianist-composers –Rachmaninoff, Percy Grainger, Hess, Busoni, Siloti and ... Read more

Jayson Gillham included in Presto Editor's Choice in August

Written by Jayson, Monday 2nd October 2017


“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.” – Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

Full interview with Jayson here: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/interview/1828/Jayson-Gillham-on-Medtner-and-Rachmaninov

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Four-Star Review: Stuart Skelton sings Wagner (Tait Memorial Trust)

Written by Jayson, Tuesday 19th September 2017


“Australian concert pianist Jayson Gillham treated us to some virtuoso playing with the Pilgechor (Tanhnhaüser) and Liebestod(Tristan und Isolde) transcriptions by Liszt. These pieces are not for the faint hearted and Gillham rose to the occasion with a display of stunning dexterity and music brilliance. Readers lucky enough to be in London on October 21 can catch him at Conway Hall where he will be playing a concert entitled Romantic Bach. Gillham is a Tait sponsored artist and testimony to how productive this partnership can be for young musicians” – Howard Shepherdson, Limelight Magazine, 19/9/17.


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Limelight Magazine - "Jayson Gillham on making magic with Medtner"

Written by Jayson, Monday 4th September 2017


The Australian pianist discusses his new Medtner and Rachmaninov disc, Limelight’s Recording of the Month for September.

Medtner’s First Piano Concerto isn’t played or recorded all that often – what drew you to this music?

I was asked to be involved in a documentary about the Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer, who, as well as being one of the greatest pianists Australia has ever produced, was a great lover and advocate of Medtner’s music. The piece I would learn during the process of the documentary was the Medtner First Piano Concerto – and this is how I became ... Read more

Interview with Rehearsal Magazine - "In Conversation: Jayson Gillham"

Written by Jayson, Saturday 2nd September 2017


On homesickness, networking and practice techniques.

Your newly released third album features the rarely-heard Medtner Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor. How did you discover the work and what was the process for programming the remainder of the record? 

I was asked to learn Medtner’s first concerto for ... Read more



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