About Friends of Sydney International Piano Competition
The Friends of Sydney International Piano Competition is independent of the Competition administration. The Friends are coordinated by a passionate group of volunteers and membership is open to everyone. Leading up to the Competition every four years, the Friends hold regular concerts and events to support the fundraising strategies of the Competition and in 2016 will proudly donate the first prize of $50,000.
The Friends of Sydney International Piano Competition formed for the first Competition in 1978 and has been active ever since. They provide not only fundraising support to the Competition, but in addition, volunteer support for administration, ushering and hospitality during the Competition itself.
General and activity enquiries
Elizabeth Grey, Secretary
Membership and ticket sales
Terry Mackin, Treasurer
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Joining the Friends
Becoming a Friend is easy and is an important and fulfilling way to support the Competition. Members receive regular newsletters, discounts on all Friends’ events and special ticket offers for the 2016 Competition in July 2016.
|Adult Membership 4 years||$160.30|
Memberships including booking fee
The committee of the Friends meets monthly and the current office bearers are:
Senior Vice President
Secretary and Treasurer
The office bearers are supported by committee members Michael, Baume, Annette Blinco, Judith Einstein, Leanda Elliot, Sara Fox, Sylvia Laurent, Christine Liddy AO, Peter Lazar AM, Jan McDonald, Diana-Rose Orr, Parry Skene, Ross Stelle AM and Janice Tuynman.
Upcoming Friends Concerts
The Friends organise a series of concerts throughout the year that feature exquisite pianists and chamber musicians. All funds raised go to support the 2016 Competition. Upcoming concerts in 2015 are listed below and the 2016 calendar of events will be announced here early in 2016.
Jayson Gillham In Recital
Sunday 29 July 3pm
Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Internationally praised for his compelling...
Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation. Internationally praised for his compelling performances, Jayson has received numerous awards and prizes, reaching the finals of some of the world’s leading piano competitions including the Leeds, Van Cliburn and Chopin Competitions. He was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition and has performed regularly for the Friends since then.In June 2014, Jayson was awarded First Prize in the Montreal International Music Competition, which brought him to international attention. His outstanding performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 was described in the Huffington Post as being played ‘with such streamlined patrician elegance that he took home the 1st Prize and a string of engagements to follow’. The Montreal Gazette reported that ‘Jayson Gillham earned his win with absorbing and relentless elegance.’ In May 2015 Jayson signed a three-album recording contract with ABC Classics. His debut recital album featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Chopin was released in October 2016 and immediately reached the No. 1 spot in both the Core Classical and Classical Crossover ARIA charts. This first release was soon followed by Jayson’s highly acclaimed live recording of Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Jayson’s most recent CD album recorded in 2017 of works by Medtner and Rachmaninoff with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northey received unanimous praise and was Recording of the Month in Limelight Magazine. Medtner’s Piano Concerto No.1 on this release will also feature in a documentary film about the life of the renowned Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer.Jayson Gillham performs across the globe, with recent highlights including concerto engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland symphony orchestras collaborating with such distinguished conductors as the late Sir Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Mark Elder, Asher Fisch and Giancarlo Guerrero among others.This season Jayson makes his debuts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Aviat, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the UK tour with Alexander Shelley, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Eivind Aadland, and he returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for concerts with Joshua Weilerstein. In June 2019 Jayson will embark on a complete Beethoven Concerti cycle in a series of concerts with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Carter.In recital, Jayson appears at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall and Louvre Auditorium, Montreal Pollack Hall, Sydney City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. His festival highlights include the Verbier Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Festival and Two Moors Festival among others.Chamber music forms an important part of Jayson Gillham’s career and he frequently collaborates in performance with the Jerusalem, Carducci, Brentano, Ruysdael and Flinders String Quartets.
Bach/Grainger: Fugue in E major
Bach/Rachmaninoff: Prelude from Violin Partita in E Major
Wagner/Liszt: Pilgrim's Chorus from Tannhäuser & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Debussy: Masques & L'Isle joyeuse
Chopin: Sonata No.3 in B minor
Allegro maestoso; Scherzo. Molto vivace; Largo; Finale. Presto non tanto
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