Described as a “violinist with a lean tone, a supple technique, and an amazing talent for sustaining a long line” (All Music Guide Magazine), Canadian Violinist David Gillham is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher throughout North America and around the world.
Formerly on the faculties of Memorial University and the University of Central Arkansas, Mr. Gillham is currently an assistant professor of violin at the University of British Columbia and a member of the Arianna String Quartet, in residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is on the faculty of the FEMUSC Festival in Brazil, the Madeline Island Music Festival, the Illinois Chamber Music Festival and the Britt Festival String Quartet Academy. In addition to his teaching duties at the University of British Columbia, Mr. Gillham has conducted masterclasses at schools such as Arizona State University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, Webster University, Augustana College, the Stellenbosch Conservatory in South Africa, and the Wuhan Conservatory in China.
The Arianna String Quartet has appeared throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including critically acclaimed performances at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and have been heard on live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan, on Canada’s CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago’s prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program. In 2007, the quartet received the “outstanding musical achievement award” from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for their performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets.
Mr. Gillham is a founding member of the Ridge Piano Trio and the violin and piano duo ‘Gillham-Iinuma’. Appointed Duo in Residence at the University of Central Arkansas in 2003, the duo has given recitals across three continents. Recent Highlights include performances in Tokyo, at the Opera City and Bunka Kaiken Recital Halls, a recital tour of China, and performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano. The duo’s critically acclaimed debut recording of the Grieg Sonatas for Centaur records has been described as “Stellar” and “a must Purchase” (CD Hotlist). Their concerts have been broadcast on the CBC and NPR radio networks.
Equally at home on stage as a soloist with orchestra, Mr. Gillham has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, The Camerata Stuttgart, The Guelph Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Forks Symphony.
A former student of David Zafer, Gwen Hoebig, Francis Chaplin, Moshe Hammer and Daphne Hughes, Mr. Gillham received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Manitoba where he was a student of David Stewart. Further Studies at Indiana University with Franco Gulli, and at the Peabody Conservatory with Martin Beaver, culminated in a performers diploma and masters degree.
Mr. Gillham received the 2006 Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association’s Distinguished Service award. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in honor of his contributions to the arts in Canada.
Mr. Gillham performs on a Carlo Tononi violin made in 1725, Venice.