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James Baillieu

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Biography

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 and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society Outstanding Young Artist Award.

James has given solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and further afield.  He collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists including Lawrence Power, Jack Liebeck, the Elias and Heath Quartets, Ian Bostridge, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Annette Dasch, Pumeza Matshikiza, Markus Werba, Catherine Wyn Rogers and Sarah-Jane Brandon. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, the Barbican Centre London, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cologne Philharmonie and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Festivals include Festpillene i Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, St Magnus, Derry, Norfolk & Norwich and Brighton Festivals.  As a soloist he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.

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An innovative programmer, James has already curated a number of projects, including series for the Brighton Festival, Wigmore Hall, BBC Radio 3, Bath International Festival and Perth Concert Hall.

In the 2015/16 season James presented his own 11-concert series at the Wigmore Hall “Introducing James Baillieu” 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 or song in the UK during 2016. He also took part in a European tour with Benjamin Appl as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series.

Engagements this season include a US and UK tour with Jamie Barton, recitals at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Heidelberger Frühling with Benjamin Appl and performances at the Wigmore Hall with Mark Padmore, Stuart Jackson, Marcus Farnsworth, Peter Moore, Tim Mead, Benjamin Appl and Sir Thomas Allen.

James enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, International tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, a course leader for the Samling Foundation, and co-ordinates the song programme for the Verbier Festival Academy. He has been an adjudicator for many international competitions.

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.

 

 

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‘James Baillieu, who has decisively and rapidly established himself as a remarkably astute accompanist, was on magnificent form – just to hear his playing in the Roe or in Britten’s ‘O Waly, Waly’ gave you an idea of his calibre.’

Peter Reed, Classical Source, 30 January 2017

‘Baillieu, with his warm sound and empathetic ear, is one of our favourite pianists these days. His playing reminds us of something Steven Blier said about the job of the accompanist, how it’s like taking a singer by the hand and leading them down a hallway of doors. At each door, the pianist opens it for the singer, and asks if they want to go in; if they do, they join them enthusiastically, and if they don’t, the pianist simply invites the singer through the next door. Baillieu has a knack for creating a soloistic phrase out of a singer’s intent; he follows, without losing his autonomy.’

Jenna Douglas, Schmopera, 30 January 2017

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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

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…”James Baillieu —a featured artist in the coming Wigmore Hall season —throwing off the virtuoso piano writing
with insouciant ease and shaping Schubert’s songlike melodies with the instinct of a natural singer’s accompanist.”

Sunday Times
Southwell Music Festival August 2015
Schubert's Trout Quintet

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4 December 2015 – Wigmore Hall, with Iestyn Davies and Allan Clayton 

“Last night’s Wigmore Hall recital by conter tenor Iestyn Davies and tenor Allan Clayton, accompanied by James Baillieu, was an all-round triumph: brilliantly programmed, superbly sung and very thought-provoking.”
David Nice, The Arts Desk,  5 December 2015

“James Baillieu was instrumental in the commission [Nico Muhly’sLorne ys my liking] and it was funded partly from his Borletti Buitoni Trust Fellowship funds. His reward was to help bring to life a remarkably striking new work, and one which rewarded Baillieu with a dazzling piano part which was far more than accompaniment.”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 6 December 2015

“Plaudits should also go to the excellent pianist, James Baillieu, who contributed much to the make-up of the programme and accompanied with an unassertive sensitivity and imagination that illuminated every aspect of both music and text”
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2015

“…these wonderful singers and their excellent accompanist James Baillieu turned [Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac] into white-hot drama.”
Michael Church, The Independent, 7 December 2015

“Baillieu gave us some gorgeous iridescent modulations at the beginning of the first song and imaginative tone painting in the final song.”
Robert Beattie Seen and heard International, 7 December 2015

“There was keen intelligence in the programming, an ear for subtle literary and musical connections and significant personal investment … There was also some of the most sheerly beautiful singing and playing to be heard from this generation of musicians.”
Anna Picard, The Times, 7 December 2015

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“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

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Past events Forthcoming events

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Thursday 05 February 2015
Auditorium du Louvre / Paris

Recital / Adam Walker

Tuesday 10 February 2015

In Tune

Thursday 12 February 2015
Perth Concert Hall / Heath Quartet

Perth / Myths & Legends

Sunday 22 February to
Sunday 01 March 2015
Samling

masterclass week

Tuesday 03 March 2015
La Caixa / Madrid

Recital  / Günter Haumer

Sunday 08 March 2015
La Caixa / Barcelona

Recital  / Günter Haumer

Tuesday 10 March 2015
La Caixa / Palma

Recital  / Günter Haumer

Sunday 15 March 2015
La Caixa / Zaragoza

Recital  / Günter Haumer

Saturday 21 March 2015
Zamora, Spain

Recital / Mark Padmore

Wednesday 08 April 2015
Wigmore Hall

Rosenblatt recital with Ben Johnson

Thursday 09 April 2015
St John's Smith Square

Fflur Wyn

Friday 10 April 2015
Colston Hall, Bristol

Anna Huntley

Tuesday 14 April 2015
Lunchtime
Wigmore Hall

Anna Huntley

Tuesday 05 May 2015

RPS Awards

Wednesday 06 May 2015
Brighton

Brighton Festival – Recital with Louise Alder

Tuesday 12 to
Wednesday 13 May 2015
Samling

Music in the Round

Friday 15 May 2015
Brighton

Brighton Festival – Recital with Benjamin Appl

Thursday 21 May 2015
Brighton

Brighton Festival – Recital with Robert Murray and Anna Huntley

Thursday 04 June 2015
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Mauro Peter

Monday 22 June 2015
13.00
Wigmore Hall, London

BBC Radio 3 lunchtime – Recital with Ailish Tynan

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Saturday 04 July 2015
12.00pm
Lichfield

Lichfield Festival – Recital with Jonathan McGovern

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Sunday 12 to
Friday 31 July 2015

Verbier Academy & Festival

Monday 20 July 2015
11.00am
Église de Verbier

Verbier Academy & Festival – Recital with Mark Padmore

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Thursday 13 August 2015
8.00pm
St Thomas's Church, Kendal

Recital with Benjamin Appl – Lake District Summer Music Festival

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Tuesday 25 August 2015
Schloss Atzenbrugg, Austria

Wigmore Hall/Martin Randall Danube Music Festival – Recital with Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Robin Tritschler (tenor)

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Thursday 27 August 2015
7.30pm
The State Chamber, Southwell

 

Recital with Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists – Southwell Music Festival

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Friday 28 August 2015
7.30pm
The State Chamber, Southwell

Recital with Southwell Festival Chamber Soloists – Southwell Music Festival

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Sunday 30 August 2015
7.30pm
The State Chamber, Southwell

Recital at Southwell Music Festival

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Sunday 27 September 2015
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall

Recital with Henk Neven (baritone)

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Wednesday 21 October 2015
7.30pm
Holywell Music Room, Oxford

 

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Wednesday 21 October 2015
1.10pm
Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Fauré’s Shylock suite arranged for piano duet with Sholto Kynoch (piano)

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Friday 23 October 2015
7.30pm
Younger Hall, St. Andrews

A Shakespeare themed recital with John Mark Ainsley (tenor) for St. Andrews Voices

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Thursday 05 November 2015
St Peter's Eaton Square

Recital with Julian Bliss (clarinet)

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Sunday 08 November 2015
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall

Recital with Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

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Thursday 19 November 2015
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead

Elgar Quintet and Mozart K414 with the Heath Quartet

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Wednesday 25 November 2015
9.00pm
Teatro Verdi, Pisa, Italy

Recital with Markus Werba (baritone)

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Monday 30 November 2015
St. Anne's Church, Highgate West Hill, London

Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, Schubert ‘Die Winterreise,’ D.911 with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

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Friday 04 December 2015
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Iestyn Davies (countertenor) and Allan Clayton (tenor)

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Tuesday 05 January 2016
Wigmore Hall, London

Elgar Quintet and Mozart K414 with the Heath Quartet

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Sunday 10 January 2016
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

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Tuesday 12 January 2016
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Gianluca Buratto (bass)

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Sunday 17 January 2016
3.30pm
The Sage, Gateshead

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Monday 18 January 2016
Ramsey, ‎Isle of Man

Recital with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

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Tuesday 26 January 2016
Laeiszhalle, Hamburg

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Wednesday 10 February 2016
11.00am
Wigmore Hall, London

Song Explorers with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone) and Jessie Maryon Davies (presenter)

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Friday 19 February 2016
7.30pm
Sir Vernon Ellis House, London / UK

Gala Concert with Ailish Tynan (soprano) and Benjamin Appl (baritone) in aid of Corpus Christi, Covent Garden

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Sunday 13 March 2016
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Sarah-Jane Brandon (soprano)

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Sunday 20 March 2016
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Jonathan McGovern (baritone)

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Tuesday 29 March 2016
7.30opm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Ailish Tynan (soprano), Adam Walker (flute) and Alasdair Tait (cello)

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Wednesday 06 April 2016
8.30pm
Salle Gaveau, Paris

Recital with Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)

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Sunday 10 April 2016
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Johnny Herford (baritone)

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Friday 15 April 2016
8.00pm
Limburg Stadthalle, Germany

Recital with Julian Prégardien (tenor)

Sunday 17 April 2016
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Julian Prégardien (tenor)

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Thursday 28 April 2016
7.30pm
22 Mansfield Street, London

Recital with Jonny McGovern (baritone)

Tuesday 03 May 2016
8.00pm
Philharmonie Luxembourg

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 08 May 2016
11.00am
Saffron Hall, UK

Recital with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

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Tuesday 10 May 2016
7.30pm
Wiener Konzerthaus, Austria

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Thursday 12 May 2016
7.30pm
Palace of the Arts, Budapest

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 15 May 2016
6.00pm
Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Tuesday 17 May 2016
8.30pm
Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Spain

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 22 May 2016
4.00pm
Kölner Philharmonie, Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Tuesday 24 May 2016
12.30am
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Wednesday 25 May 2016
8.15pm
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Monday 30 May 2016
10.45am
Dorchester Abbey, UK

Recital with Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

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Tuesday 31 May 2016
6.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London

115th Anniversary Recital with Sophie Bevan (soprano), Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Henk Neven (baritone)

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Saturday 18 June 2016
11.00am
Britten Studio, Snape

Recital with Tamsin Waley – Cohen (violin) for the Aldeburgh Festival.

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Sunday 26 June 2016
Thaxted Festival, UK

Recital with Julian Bliss (clarinet) and Richard Harwood (cello)

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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Middle Temple Hall, London

Recital with Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)

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Friday 08 July 2016
8.00pm
Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria / UK

Recital with Julian Bliss (clarinet)

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Sunday 10 July 2016
12.00pm
KulturGut Holzhausen VOICES Festival

Die schöne Müllerin with Ben Appl (baritone)

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Monday 11 July 2016
7.00pm
Museum Frieder Burda, BADEN-BADEN/Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 17 July 2016
7.00pm
Ryedale Festival

Recital with Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

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Monday 18 July 2016
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Soprano: Ailish Tynan, Anna Huntley, Robin Tritschler and Benjamin Appl
“Songs of Seduction”

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Wednesday 27 July 2016
2.45pm
Three Choirs Festival / UK

Recital with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

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Friday 05 August 2016
7.00pm
Schloss Engers, Neuwied-Engers / Germany

Recital with Pumeza Matshikiza (soprano)

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Thursday 25 to
Monday 29 August 2016
Southwell, UK

Pianist in residence at the Southwell Music Festival

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Thursday 08 September 2016
4.00pm
Hamburg Landesvertretung, Berlin

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone) in association with the Elbphilharmonie

Tuesday 13 September 2016
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Mark Padmore (tenor)

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Friday 16 September 2016
7.30pm
Lamberhurst, UK

Recital with Julian Bliss (clarinet)

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Thursday 06 October 2016
8.00pm
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, USA

Recital with Jamie Barton (mezzo – soprano)

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Sunday 09 October 2016
7.30pm
The Opelika Center, Alabama, USA

Recital with Jamie Barton (mezzo – soprano)

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Wednesday 19 October 2016
7.30pm
St. George's Hall, Liverpool, UK

Recital with Jamie Barton (mezzo – soprano)

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Friday 21 October 2016
1.15pm
Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD, Cardiff, UK

Recital with Jamie Barton (mezzo – soprano)

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Sunday 23 October 2016
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Recital with Jamie Barton (mezzo – soprano)

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Tuesday 08 November 2016
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Samling 20th Anniversary Showcase

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Sunday 13 November 2016
4.00pm
Verdala Palace, Malta

Recital with Nicola Said (soprano)

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Thursday 24 November 2016
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Recital with Stuart Jackson (tenor) and Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

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Tuesday 29 November 2016
Alnwick Playhouse, UK

Recital with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

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Sunday 29 January 2017
3.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Tim Mead (countertenor)

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Monday 30 January 2017
1.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Peter Moore (trombone)

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Sunday 05 February 2017
4.00pm
Watford Grammar School, UK

Recital with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

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Monday 13 February 2017
1.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

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Wednesday 15 February 2017
12.30pm
Vienna Konzerthaus, Austria

Recital with Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano)

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Saturday 18 February 2017
7.30pm
Ipswich School, UK

Recital with Heath Quartet

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Sunday 19 February 2017
7.00pm
Gulbenkian Auditorium, Lisbon, Portugal

Recital with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

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Tuesday 21 February 2017
7.00pm
Milton Court Concert Hall, London, UK

Recital with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

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Monday 06 March 2017
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Recital with Tara Erraught (mezzo-soprano)

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Tuesday 18 April 2017
1.00pm
Niedersächsische Musiktage, Hannover, Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Wednesday 19 April 2017
9.10pm
L’Auditori, Barcelona, Spain

Recital with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

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Friday 21 April 2017
1.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 23 April 2017
4.00pm
Alte Aula der Universität Heidelberg, Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Saturday 29 April 2017
10.00am
Barbican, London, UK

Recital with Angel Blue (soprano)

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Sunday 30 April 2017
10.00am
Barbican, London, UK

Recital with Angel Blue (soprano)

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Tuesday 09 May 2017
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London, UK

Recital with Lise Davidsen (soprano)

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Sunday 14 May 2017
4.00pm
Glynde Place, Sussex, UK

Recital with Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano)

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Monday 15 May 2017
7.30pm
Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Monday 29 May 2017
1.00pm
Hay Festival, UK

BBC Lunchtime Recital with Adam Walker (flute)

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Sunday 04 June 2017
6.30pm
Berne / Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Monday 05 June 2017
6.30pm
Berne / Germany

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Tuesday 13 June 2017
8.00pm
Devizes Town Hall - Assembly Room Wiltshire

Recital with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin)

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Wednesday 14 June 2017
11.00am
Wigmore Hall, London

Carers’ Week: relaxed concert with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)

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Tuesday 20 June 2017
8.00pm
Kaufleuten, Zurich

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Saturday 24 June 2017
7.30pm
Northern Aldborough Festival, UK

Recital with the Heath Quartet

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Monday 26 June 2017
7.30pm
Middle Temple, London

Recital with the Heath Quartet

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Friday 14 July 2017
7.30pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Recital with Ailish Tynan (soprano), Adam Walker (flute) and Alasdair Tait (cello)

 

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Sunday 16 July 2017
7.00pm
Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival / St Georg & Mauritiuskirche

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Monday 17 July 2017
8.00pm
Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival / Reinbeker Schloss

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Friday 21 July to
Sunday 06 August 2017
Verbier Festival, Switzerland

Resident at Verbier Festival

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Saturday 19 August 2017
1.00pm
Kilkenny Festival, Ireland

Recital with Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Sunday 20 August 2017
1.00pm
Kilkenny Festival, Ireland

Recital with Ailish Tynan (soprano) Benjamin Appl (baritone)

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Thursday 24 August 2017
7.00pm
Southwell Festival, UK

The Art of the trio

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Friday 25 August 2017
7.00pm
Southwell Festival, UK

The Art of the Trio

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Saturday 26 August 2017
1.00pm
Southwell Festival, UK

Recital with Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)

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Saturday 26 August 2017
7.30pm
Southwell Festival, UK

Concerto with Southwell Festival Soloists

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Sunday 27 August 2017
7.30pm
Southwell Festival, UK

French Chamber Classics

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Monday 04 September 2017
5.00pm
Wigmore Hall, London

Inside the Rehearsal Room with Ailish Tynan (soprano)

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Curated Projects

Already with so much collaborative experience, James Baillieu has been the creative mover behind a number of themed projects, including a series of concerts in Perth including the Dvorak and Brahms Piano Quintets with the Heath Quartet (2014), a mini-series at the 2015 Brighton Festival.

This season James will appear in an 11-concert series at the Wigmore Hall “Introducing James Baillieu with Adam Walker, Jonathan McGovern, Ailish Tynan, Julian Pregardien, Alice Coote, Henk Neven, Iestyn Davies, and Allan Clayton amongst others:

Introducing James Baillieu

Wigmore Hall continues to nurture outstanding song accompanists as part of its commitment to the art form’s long-term future.

James Baillieu, winner of the Pianist’s Prize of the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, has been described by the Daily Telegraph as being ‘in a class of his own’, a verdict supported time and again by the quality and insight of his performances with a host of duo partners.

Introducing James Baillieu offers a season-long survey of this superb young musician’s artistry.

 

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Teaching, coaching

James is professor of piano accompaniment, chamber music and a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music, London. His students have won vocal and piano awards in competitions such as the the Kathleen Ferrier, Gerald Moore and Royal Overseas League Competitions among others. He also works regularly with singers and pianists at the Samling foundation, Verbier Festival Academy and the Jette Parker programme of the Royal Opera House. He was a chamber music coach for the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander in Spain and worked with Gerhard Schulz at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove. His work as an adjudicator has included judging prizes at the British music colleges, Young Classical Artist Trust (YCAT), BBC Young Musician and the Royal Overseas League Competition.