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.
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