Australian pianist Jayson Gillham has parlayed his earlier child prodigy status into a growing career at home and in Europe. Gillham was born in 1986 in Dalby, Queensland. He started piano lessons at age four and soon after that made his debut with a Bach minuet at the local Dalby Eisteddfod festival, and he took home first prize in his age section there at seven. He began lessons that year with a teacher in Toowoomba, an hour away, and then at 14, commuted to Brisbane for studies with Leah Horowitz. After a semifinal placement at the Sydney International Piano Competition, he was ready for studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, from which he graduated in 2007. Then he moved to London, enrolling in the master's program and studying with Christopher Elton. Gillham was honored as Commonwealth Musician of the year in 2012 and also won prizes at the International Chopin Piano Competition, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the Leeds International Piano Competition. His 2014 performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58, at the Montreal International Music Competition brought him first prize and widespread notice.