It was a great honour and privilege to have been awarded a BBT fellowship. I couldn't believe that I was joining such a family of wonderful artists! My plans are still hatching, but we are so fortunate to have such a great organisation and team behind you every step of the way! Thank you BBT!James Baillieu"
An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James Baillieu collaborates with singers and instrumentalists including Lawrence Power, the Heath Quartet, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza, Allan Clayton, Jacques Imbrailo, Ailish Tynan and John Mark Ainsley. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, St Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Brighton, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. As a soloist he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Petworth Festival with the Wiener Kammersymphonie.
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. He was a Young Concert Artist Trust artist and, in 2012, a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. He was appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow in 2007, a Professor of Piano Accompaniment in 2011, and awarded an ARAM in 2012.
James season-long series Introducing James Baillieu at London's Wigmore Hall runs from 27 September 2015 to Monday 18 July 2016.
Photographs by Benjamin Harte and Kaupo Kikkas
"He is a superb player, with a tone that is slightly cool, and there is much delicacy of nuance in his phrasing...the programme could not be more enticing. Poulenc’s Flute Sonata has one of those exquisite, unforgettable cantilena slow movements, and it is played here quite magically. The work then ends with a delicious Presto giocoso which brings stunning virtuosity from Adam Walker… James Baillieu provides accompaniments with just the right degree of often gentle support, balanced with the flute to perfection."
Ivan March, Gramophone July 2013
Poulenc: Flute Sonata (1st movement)
Bartok: Suite paysanne hongroise (excerpt)
Barber: CanzoneSong and the human voice is the inspiration for this debut recital CD for Adam Walker supported by BBT pianist James Baillieu. Adam Walker’s BBT award has enabled him to record this CD and also to commission a flute concerto from Huw Watkins, to be premiered with co-commissioner LSO conducted by Daniel Harding on 23 February 2014.
Adam Walker flute
James Baillieu piano
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Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
INTRODUCING JAMES BAILLIEU IView from the Piano - Song is the main thrust of my career
BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is the focus of a season-long series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, 2015-2016. Appearing with vocal and instrumental collaborators as well as formulating wide-ranging programmes, the series is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT. In this first film, James - joined by regular partners countertenor Iestyn Davies and fellow-BBT artist, tenor Allan Clayton - prepares for the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Lorne ys my liking in December 2015, which James commissioned with funds from BBT, Wigmore Hall and others.
INTRODUCING JAMES BAILLIEU IIView from the Piano - First among equals in chamber music
BBT Fellowship winner in 2012, pianist James Baillieu is the focus of a season-long series of concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, 2015-2016. Appearing with vocal and instrumental collaborators as well as formulating wide-ranging programmes, the series is also being documented on film by TallWall Media, supported by BBT. In this second film James explores chamber music collaboration - and old friendships - with fellow BBT winners, the Heath Quartet (Special Ensemble Scholarship 2011)