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John Gill: Perth's Piano Man

Our exhibition celebrates the remarkable life of John Gill.

Since his untimely death, John’s family, friends and fans have continued a concerted effort for a permanent tribute to him in the Hay Street Mall, recognising his importance as musician and busker entertaining tens of thousands with his lively repertoire for almost 20 years.

What is less well-known is John’s extensive international musical career across Europe and the United States. John was the first Australian Pianist to become an accredited Bosendorfer Concert Artist, placing him in the same ranks as other world-renowned pianists such as Stevie Wonder, Leonard Bernstein and Andre Previn.

The Museum of Perth’s exhibition, curated by Historian Joanne Hyland, brings together various strands of John’s life including his early years, with never-before-published photos, videos, recordings and personal items.

We are grateful to all of John’s friends, family and fans who have generously contributed to our exhibition.
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    Event Showings

    Friday April 8 - Sunday April 10 10am - 4pm

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    Free event

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    Museum of Perth 2021

    8-10 The Esplanade

    Perth WA 6000