Artist - James Baillieu


James Baillieu


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'... he was upstaged by his prodigiously gifted pianist. James Baillieu is surely the leader of the new generation of accompanists and will no doubt occupy the elite position currently held by such as Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles.'    

Classical Source Wigmore Hall April 2011

'James Baillieu is in a class of his own, he is in the Gerald Moore/Graham Johnson bracket, a remarkable pianist.'    

The Daily Telegraph Wigmore Hall International Song Competition September 2009

'The Pianist's Prize was awarded to that magician of the keyboard James Baillieu.'

Musical Pointers Wigmore Hall International Song Competition September 2009

'Expertly accompanied by James Baillieu.'

The Daily Telegraph Wigmore Hall Allan Clayton January 2009


Described by The Daily Telegraph as 'in a class of his own...a remarkable pianist.'

Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’ James Baillieu has been the prize-winner of the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010 and in 2012 received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award.


Sought after as an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, during 2012/13 James curated a series exploring the chamber music and songs of Poulenc and Hahn at Brighton Festival, worked with Thomas Quastoff at the Verbier Festival, appeared as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra (broadcast by Radio 3), took part in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Ben Johnson and Robin Tritschler.  He gave recitals at Wigmore Hall with Lisa Milne, Sophie Bevan, Ian Bostridge, Ailish Tynan, Kathryn Rudge, Mark Padmore and Adam Walker and released two CDs: Britten Canticles with Ben Johnson for Signum, and Vocalise with Adam Walker for Opus Arte.


Engagements this season include a Mozart Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, a recital at Wigmore Hall with Mark Padmore, recordings for Radio 3 with the Signum Quartet and Ruby Hughes, and performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with Marcus Farnsworth.   He also takes part in the Leeds Lieder Festival and records two new CDs for Champs Hill with Katherine Broderick, Kathryn Rudge and the Heath Quartet.


James has given solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and further afield.  He collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists from Lawrence Power, Jack Liebeck, the Elias and Heath Quartets to Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Kiri te Kanawa, Annette Dasch, Pumeza Matshikiza, Allan Clayton, Gerard Collett, Jared Holt, Eri Nakamura, Catherine Wyn Rogers, Jacques Imbrailo, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Kishani Jayasinghe.  Festivals and venues have included Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin, Festpillene i Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, Aix-en-Provence, St Magnus, Derry and Norfolk & Norwich Festivals.   As a soloist he has appeared in the Nottingham and Leeds International Series.


An experienced coach, James has worked regularly at the George Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy (with Mirella Freni and Leo Nucci), was a repertory professor for the Encuentro de musica y Academia de Santander in Spain, and continues to coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.  He is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, a scholar for the Samling Foundation, has participated in the European Liedforum in Berlin and in 2011 worked with Gerhard Schulz at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove.


Born in South Africa, James studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music in London with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott.  In 2007 he graduated with a Dip.RAM and received the Christian Carpenter Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements.  He was appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow in 2007, a Professor of Piano Accompaniment in 2011, and awarded an ARAM in 2012.