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Principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, Juliana Koch joins Jayson Gillham at the piano in concert and conversation

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Live from St Paul's Knightsbridge, London

7.00pm GMT (UK) Thursday 25th March, 2021

and available On Demand for two weeks

I am so excited to be presenting the first ever Jayson & Friends recital with outstanding musician and all-round wonderful person, Juliana Koch.

Juliana is principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music. Read Juliana's full biography below.

The Programme

  • Hearts and melodies intertwine in tender and passionate embrace in Clara Schumann's Three Romances, Op. 22
  • Spiky, jazzy, sarcastic, jocular - these are just a few words that come to mind to describe Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas' dazzling Concertino for oboe and piano.
  • Refreshingly ravishing neo-classical harmonies and clean crisp counterpoint in Ravel's hat-tip to the French Baroque, Le Tombeau de Couperin is marvellously arranged for oboe and piano by Christian Schmitt and Laurent Riou.

What is Jayson & Friends?

Jayson & Friends is a project in process, a concept that I have imagined for some time. With concert halls closed, now is the time for this idea to begin to take shape.

Great music - friendly conversation

My vision has always been to combine the very best music making with a relaxed and friendly format. How many times have we gone to a concert, where the only words spoken are from the recorded voice that tells you to turn off your mobile phone?

The mute musician is a phenomenon of the past. I'll be leading a friendly chat with my guest about their life in music and beyond. Join us live and you will also have the chance to pose questions to me and my guest.

Artist Biographies

Juliana Koch

Juliana Koch is principal oboe of the London Symphony Orchestra (Music Director Sir Simon Rattle). Since September 2018 she teaches as professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music in London.

Before joining the LSO in 2018, Juliana Koch played as Principal Oboe at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen and at Teatro alla Scala in Milan – and further became a laureate of the ARD International Music Competition 2017.

Since then she has been an in-demand soloist, debuting at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2019 with the Strauss Oboe Concerto and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Other solo engagements include appearances with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Hungarian National Philharmonic and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra among others.

Recitals and chamber music performances brought her to Musica Viva’s Huntingon Estate Music Festival in Australia, Lucerne Festival, Bachfest Leipzig, the Bamberg Konzerthalle and Deutschlandfunk Köln.

A sought after Guest Principal, Juliana has appeared with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Juliana studied with François Leleux in Munich and Fabian Menzel in Frankfurt, she plays a Marigaux M2 oboe.


Jayson Gillham

Internationally praised for his compelling performances, Australian-British pianist Jayson Gillham has emerged as one of the finest pianists of his generation. His recent live recording of the five Beethoven piano concertos with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Carter was nominated for the 2020 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album.

Jayson was first prize winner and people’s choice at the 2014 Montreal International Music Competition, and has been an ABC Classic recording artist since 2015.

Recent concerto highlights include performances with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Nashville Symphony, and all of the Australian and New Zealand orchestras, with conductors including the late Sir Jeffrey Tate, Sir Mark Elder, Asher Fisch, Alexander Shelley, Ludovic Morlot, Joshua Weilerstein, Giordano Bellincampi, Eivind Aadland, Giancarlo Guerrero and Jessica Cottis.

Recital appearances include London’s Wigmore Hall and King’s Place, Birmingham Town Hall, Stoller Hall Manchester, Saffron Hall Essex, Royal Nottingham Concert Hall, Louvre Auditorium Paris, Palazzo Tornabuoni Florence, Pollack Hall Montreal and Steinway Hall New York.

Chamber music collaborations include performances with the Goldner, Jerusalem, Orava, Carducci quartets. Recent festival appearances include the Edinburgh Fringe, Verbier Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Musica Viva Huntington Estate Music Festival, and the Linari Classic (Tuscany).


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