Jayson Gillham and Alexander Shelley with the RPO at Cadogan Hall
Jayson Gillham at Cadogan Hall in Chopin F minor concerto with the RPO under Alexander Shelley.
Some magnificent playing from Jayson Gillham much appreciated by Noretta Conci-Leech who had come with me to applaud “Sunny “Jayson who she has supported since his student days.
Wonderful to see the son of Howard Shelley contemporary of mine whose Chopin Preludes at his Wigmore debut 45 years ago are still talked about.
I had heard great things about Alexander Shelley from Filippo Juvarra of the Amici della Musica di Padua all amply confirmed tonight .
A very robust unsentimental Chopin with a Maestoso rather on the fast side soon to be calmed by the soothing balm of Chopin’s filigree figurations on the piano so beautifully spun by Jayson.
No sentimentality but with heartfelt sentiment and even some robust passion as befits a young man on the crest a wave as was Chopin and is proving Jayson.
“The Angel” op 1 n.1 by Medtner was the thank you from Jayson for the ovation he received
I have heard Jayson over many years ,he even gave a memorable recital in my theatre in Rome for the Keyboard Trust as he did his extraordinary recital debut in the Wigmore Hall a few years ago.
Prevailed on by Leslie Howard to learn the original version of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto for the KCT series in collaboration with the Amici della Musica di Ancona of the complete works for piano and orchestra .
He performed it superbly three times in Ancona.Fabriano and the famous Teatro Rossini in Pesaro.
Since then he has gone on to win the Montreal International Piano Competition and his playing has matured and deepened to reveal not only a real thinking musician but a profound artistic personality
Signing his new CD’s of the Medtner Ist Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff 2nd with the Melborne Symphony Orchestra ( which includes tonights encore and also Rachmaninoff Prelude in D op 23 n.4) and Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra .Noretta’s “Sunny” Jayson has certainly come a long way since he was spotted by the founder of the KCT .