Alumnus Jayson Gillham wins 1st Prize in Piano at MIMC

-Posted on 06.06.2014

Many congratulations to London-based Australian-British pianist and alumnus Jayson Gillham who won First Prize in the Piano edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition this week.

Jayson pictured (centre) along with 2nd prizewinner Charles Richard-Hamelin, Canada (right) and 3rd prizewinner Annika Treutler, Germany (left). 

Very soon after winning Jayson emailed his teacher at the Academy, Professor Christopher Elton. Jayson played Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto in the final, and remembered his valuable experience of playing the same work to the great pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher at the Academy during his studies here. 

Jayson writes in his blog about the competition: “What a roller-coaster these last two weeks have been! From the earth-quake Tremblements set piece to the glorious strains of Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto coming from my left from the Montreal Symphony. It was such a joy to play with these wonderful musicians who clearly love their music and love working with young soloists.”

Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor for Gala concert declares: “When I hear young performers of this calibre already demonstrating so much self-assurance, musicality and passion, I have no doubt that the future of our art is in good hands... they are so incredibly talented that they make my job easy!”  

The Montreal International Musical Competition seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who have distinguished themselves as masters of their art. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, 2,300 candidates have applied to take part in the competition, with 350 given the opportunity to perform in Montreal.

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