Faculty Biographies

David Gillham, B.Mus. (Manitoba), M.Mus. (Peabody), Diploma (Indiana)
Assistant Professor, Violin

Office: 604.827.2035, Room 322

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 enjoys a multifaceted career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher that has taken him across four continents.

A prominent chamber musician, he is a founding member of both the Ridge Piano Trio and the violin/piano duo “Gillham-Iinuma” and was for many years, a member of the Arianna String Quartet. The Gillham-Iinuma duo’s critically acclaimed recording of the Grieg Sonatas for Centaur records has been described as Stellar” and “a must Purchase(CD Hotlist)

As a soloist, David has been a concerto artist with orchestras including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Camerata Stuttgart of Germany, The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis, the Grand Forks Symphony and the Guelph Symphony. David has collaborated with many esteemed artists including members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer and Orion quartets and pianists Robert Silverman, Anton Nel and Orli Shaham.  In recital, David has appeared in cities across Canada the United States, Japan, China and Taiwan. He is regularly invited to festivals such as Domaine Forget, FEMUSC, Dame Myra Hess, Sonoran, Music Mountain, Britt, Festival of the Sound, the Guelph Spring Festival and the Guelph MusicFest.

A former pupil of Martin Beaver, Franco Gulli, David Stewart, Gwen Hoebig and David Zafer, David has served on the faculties of Memorial University, the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Missouri – St. Louis. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Gillham has been invited to conduct masterclasses in Canada, the United States, Brazil, China, Taiwan and South Africa. He is currently on the faculty at the School of Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

The recipient of several awards Mr. Gillham received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the 2006 Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association’s Distinguished Service award. 

Mr. Gillham performs on a Carlo Tononi violin made in 1725, Venice.

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