"The Emperor" opens with Carl Vine's exhilarating Celebrare Celeberrime. This wonderfully crafted exercise in orchestral virtuosity is testimony to Vine's standing as one of Australia's leading composers.
Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto "Emperor" is without doubt one of the world's most loved piano concertos and we are pleased to feature the formidable talent of London-based Queenslander Jayson Gillham.
Join our promenade through Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky/Ravel, a fascinating musical depiction of ten Russian paintings, culminating with the glorious Great Gate of Kiev.
Soloist Jayson Gillham
Australian pianist Jayson Gillham hails from the rural town of Dalby in Southern Queensland, and from his early teens travelled a 300-mile round trip to Brisbane each week for his piano lessons with Leah Horwitz at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. He enrolled in the Conservatorium's Bachelor of Music program at the age of 17, graduating with the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for performance and academic excellence in 2007. In September 2007 Jayson relocated to the UK where he completed two years of postgraduate studies with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a Master of Arts degree with distinction and the DipRAM award. Jayson's report from the Masters' examination panel stated, "Phenomenal, perhaps the finest final recital we can remember."
In October 2010 Jayson enjoyed great success in reaching the semi-finals of the Warsaw Chopin International Piano Competition. He is the first Australian to be able to claim such an achievement, in what is generally regarded as the greatest piano competition in the world. Broadcast live on television, radio and via the internet, Jayson's performances in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall were heard and praised by listeners from around the world. Competition critic Michael Moran remarked on Jayson's playing: "The Australian Jayson Gillham I felt brought some much needed authentic Chopin expression... Marvellous 'laid back' approach to playing Chopin and a deep natural musicality. How refreshing... Reminded me at various moments so much of the moderation and taste of Artur Rubinstein -- qualities in very short supply during this competition."
Jayson performs regularly across the UK, Europe and Australia. In May 2010 he made his US debut at Steinway Hall, New York. He is a regular performer at London's Wigmore Hall, and has appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the major Australian orchestras. In June 2011 Jayson performed for the first time in China, playing two Mozart concertos with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his many solo and concerto performances, Jayson is an enthusiastic chamber musician and lieder accompanist.
Other notable competition successes include: First prize Brant International Piano Competition (2011, Birmingham, UK); First prize Australian National Piano Award (2008); First prize Prix d'AmadeO de Piano (2008, Aachen, Germany); Third prize London International Piano Competition (2005).
The Queensland Youth Symphony (QYS) is widely recognised as a world-class youth orchestra and is the leading ensemble of Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO). QYS performs an annual concert series at the QPAC and Old Museum Concert Halls, and thrills audiences with music from the baroque to modern periods, with a focus on works from the late 19th and 20th century, and contemporary Australian composers.
Throughout its 45-year history, QYS has toured and performed extensively throughout Australia and internationally in eleven overseas tours (Europe, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand) to much critical acclaim. Past members of QYS hold positions in all of Australia's major symphony orchestras and orchestras of renown throughout the world. In 2012, QYS members will pack their travel cases again for the orchestra's 12th international tour, with planned concerts in Asia and Europe.
Conductor John Curro AM MBE
John Curro AM MBE is both the founder and Director of Music for Queensland Youth Orchestras, conducting the Queensland Youth Symphony since its beginning in 1966. He is in demand as a conductor and tutor for professional and youth orchestras and festivals.
Last year, Mr Curro conducted Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 1 The Gothic, for the first performance in 30 years and the first performance outside the UK. With QYS, Mr Curro conducted the Resurrection Symphony by Gustav Mahler in 2010 in a remarkable performance with Judith Henley (Soprano), Anne Fulton (Mezzo Soprano), the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Choir and the Brisbane Chorale.
Mr Curro has conducted many of Australia's professional orchestras as well as many opera and ballet seasons in Australia. His guest conducting appearances include the London Virtuosi, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Australian and Bavarian Youth Orchestra, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Throughout his distinguished career, Mr Curro has received many prestigious awards including Member of the Order of Australia and Member of the British Empire. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University, Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Australian Music Centre (Qld) Award, the Don Banks Music Award, the Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, the Orchestras Australia Lifetime Achievement Award and the Queensland Premier's Millenium Award for Excellence in the Arts.