Prior to joining the piano faculty at Western Washington University in 1992, Jeffrey Gilliam taught at The Juilliard School; The University of Michigan School of Music; and at The International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, Switzerland. He has performed and taught all over the world, including guest university teaching positions in Thailand and South Africa, as well as receiving two Fulbright awards. He has recorded with violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Alberto Lysy, and Ruggerio Ricci for the EMI, Dinemec Classics, and Opus 111 labels.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Jeffrey studied piano with Cécile Genhart at The Eastman School of Music, and with Theodore Lettvin at The University of Michigan. A Fulbright Scholarship in piano and in German literature enabled him to continue his studies with Günter Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, where he made his European recital debut in 1982. He also studied collaborative piano with Martin Katz and Margo Garrett. He has performed in master classes for Leon Fleisher, György Sebök, John Perry, Maria Curcio Diamand, Tatiana Nikolayeva, György Sandor, and Dorothy Taubman.
In addition to teaching piano and collaborative piano at Western Washington University in Bellingham, he is Artistic Director of Western’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series. Now in its sixteenth year, Sanford-Hill may be unique in that world-class pianists play recitals and give master classes, but the profits from ticket sales go entirely to Western’s endowed piano scholarships. In 2015 he established his own endowed piano scholarship: the Jeffrey Gilliam Piano Scholarship Endowment Fund. His students have gone on to distinguished piano performance programs at Stony Brook, New England Conservatory, Rice University, and Manhattan School of Music.
He remains active as a Visiting Artist and clinician with the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA).