Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
James Baillieu
BBT Fellowship 2012

James Baillieu - Biography

James Baillieu received support from BBT between 2012 and 2016. For an up-to-date biography go to

An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power, the Heath Quartet, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza and Marcus Farnsworth. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, St Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Edinburgh, Brighton, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.

James has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall with Adam Walker, Jonathan McGovern, Ailish
Tynan, Tara Erraught, Henk Neven, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton and Mark Padmore amongst others. This series was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Music and Song Award for an
outstanding contribution to the performance of chamber music and song in the UK during 2016. He
appeared with Benjamin Appl as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series. Recent collaborations include Marcus Werba, Jamie Barton, Tara Erraught, Lise Davidsen and Peter Moore.

Born in South Africa, James studied in Cape Town and London. He was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2012, a Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Last updated: October 2018

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!

Photographs by Benjamin Harte and Kaupo Kikkas