Jess Gillam, saxophone

Jess Gillam, saxophone


3rd SJE Arts Next Generation Series

Jess Gillam, saxophone

Zeynep Ozsuca, piano

In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall, performing Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee Dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and captivating the public with her talent and charisma.

Since then, Jess’s career has been nothing short of stellar: a recording contract with Decca Classics, appearances in both 2017 and 2018 BBC Proms at the Albert Hall,  concerto and solo recital engagements in London and around the country and, in June 2018, her international debut with the Gothenburg Symphony.

Jess studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with an ABRSM Scholarship. She is a patron for Awards for Young Musicians and promotes her own series of concerts, bringing international talent to her hometown of Ulverston.

Jess's accompanist will be Turkish pianist, Zeynep Özsuca. Trained initially at Ankara Conservatory, Zeynep moved to the United States after winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Competition in 2001. She currently lives in London and pursues a career as concert pianist and repetiteur for some of the world's great opera houses. She is also an enthusiastic ensemble player and appears regularly with duo partner, Sacha Rattle, and with her wind and piano sextet, Berlin Counterpoint.

We look forward hugely to having them with us at SJE and to this programme, which promises a very fun evening.


Duration: 1 hour 50mins with interval

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Programme to include:

Iturralde: Pequeña Czarda (arr. Harle)

Ravel: Pièce en forme de habanera

Britten: Temporal Variations

Nyman: If (from The Diary of Anne Frank)

Harle: RANT!


Marcello: Oboe Concerto

Bartók: Folk Dances from Csík

Fitkin: Gate

Dowland: Flow My Tears

Wiedoeft: Valse Vanité

Milhaud: Scaramouche


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