Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own’, in 2012 James won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award and a Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust Award.
Sought after as an accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, during 2012/13 James curated a series exploring the chamber music and songs of Poulenc and Hahn at Brighton Festival, worked with Thomas Quastoff at the Verbier Festival, appeared as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra (broadcast by BBC Radio 3), took part in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and recorded for BBC Radio 3 with Ben Johnson and Robin Tritschler. He gave recitals at Wigmore Hall with Lisa Milne, Sophie Bevan, Ian Bostridge, Ailish Tynan, Kathryn Rudge, Mark Padmore and Adam Walker and released two CDs: Britten Canticles with Ben Johnson for Signum, and Vocalise with Adam Walker for Opus Arte. As a soloist he appeared in the Nottingham and Leeds International Series.
Engagements in the 2013/14 season include a Mozart Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, a recital at Wigmore Hall with Mark Padmore recordings for BBC Radio 3 with the Signum Quartet and Ruby Hughes, and performances of Schubert’s Winterreise with Marcus Farnsworth. He also takes part in the Leeds Lieder Festival and records two new CDs for Champs Hill with Katherine Broderick, Kathryn Rudge and the Heath Quartet.
James 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. Born in South Africa, James studied at the University of Cape Town and the Royal Academy of Music, London where he is now a Professor.
'The expressive nuance of James Baillieu’s piano accompanying is reminiscent of Britten’s'
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