James Baillieu

James Baillieu



Piano Accompaniment and Piano Ensemble Coaching

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 (in both 2009 & 2011), Kathleen Ferrier and Richard Tauber Competitions.

Over the last year he has recorded for BBC Radio 3 with the Elias Quartet and Allan Clayton while giving solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and further afield, collaborating with singers Jared Holt, Gerard Collett, Sir Thomas Allen, Katherine Broderick, Martene Grimson, Jacques Imbrailo, Sarah-Jane Brandon and Kishani Jayasinghe. Festivals and venues have included Wigmore Hall, Festpillene i Bergen, the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Aix-en-Provence, Derry and Norfolk & Norwich Festivals. He was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010.

An experienced coach, James was appointed professor of accompaniment at the Academy in 2011. He also works regularly at the George Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy (working with Mirella Freni and Leo Nucci), is a repertory professor for the Encuentro de musica y Academia de Santander in Spain, and a music 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 (working with Sir Thomas Allen and Yvonne Kenny) and has participated in the European Liedforum in Berlin and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove.

Born in South Africa, James graduated from the University of Cape Town with distinction in 2004. He went on to win a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Kathryn Stott. In 2007 he graduated with a DipRAM and received the Christian Carpenter Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements. He was appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow during the 2007/08 season.

In 2004 James participated in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in California at which, as a laureate, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Vienna International Pianists Academy, where he won the prestigious Rosario Marciano Prize.

During his studies James won numerous prizes and awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Competition Prize. He has taken part in masterclasses with Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Thomas Quasthoff, Kiri Te Kanawa, Philip Langridge, Jan Philip Schulze, Sherrill Milnes, Richard Stokes, Helmut Deutsch, Pavel Vernikov, Rudolf Jansen and Maxim Vengerov.