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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. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music.
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, Jamie Barton, Markus Werba and Catherine Wyn Rogers. 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.
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 and song in the UK during 2016. He took part in a European tour with Benjamin Appl as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series and recently made his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Recent engagements include a US recital tour with Benjamin Appl, appearances with Lise Davidsen, Adam Walker, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Peter Moore, Mark Padmore, Marcus Farnsworth and Catherine Wyn- Rodgers at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Stockholms Konserthus, Aldeburgh Festival, Heidelberg Frühling Festival and The Phillips Collection in Washington. Further future engagements include a new residency at Wigmore Hall, a recital series with Allan Clayton, appearances with Tara Erraught and tours with Benjamin Appl and Lise Davidsen.
James enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, a course leader for the Samling Foundation and head of the Song Programme at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy.