Described by The Daily Telegraph as ‘in a class of his own,’ James Baillieu is one of the leading song and chamber music pianists of his generation. He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the world and collaborates with a wide range of singers and instrumentalists including Benjamin Appl, Jamie Barton, Ian Bostridge, Allan Clayton, Annette Dasch, Lise Davidsen, the Elias and Heath Quartets, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Adam Walker, and Pretty Yende. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Wiener Kammersymphonie.
James Baillieu is a frequent guest at many of the world’s most distinguished music venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vancouver Playhouse, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Barbican Centre, Wiener Konzerthaus, Bozar Brussels, Pierre Boulez Saal, Cologne Philharmonie, and the Laeiszhalle Hamburg. Festivals include Aix-en-Provence, Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Festpillene i Bergen, Edinburgh, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London and Brighton Festivals.
Appearances in the current season include an international recital tour with his frequent collaborator, the acclaimed Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, with performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, and The Wigmore Hall; a recital tour to Japan with German baritone, Benjamin Appl; and gala concerts with Ms. Davidsen and the British-Italian tenor Freddie De Tommaso at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Osterfestspiele Salzburg. A tour schedule with other distinguished artists brings the pianist to premier venues in England, Northern Ireland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.
Recording projects with Benjamin Appl include ‘Forbidden Fruit’ and Winterreise (Alpha), ‘Heimat’ (Sony Classical), and a collection of Lieder upon texts of Heinrich Heine (Champs Hill Records), the complete works of CPE Bach for violin and piano with Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Signum Classics), a collection by Brahms for clarinet and piano with Julian Bliss (Signum Classics), French Works for Flute with Adam Walker (Chandos), and several other albums on the Opus Arte, Rubicon, and Delphian Record labels as part his critically acclaimed catalogue.
James Baillieu is Senior Professor in Ensemble Piano at the Royal Academy of Music, a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artist Program, a course leader for Samling Institute, and is head of the Song Program at the Atelier Lyrique of the Verbier Festival Academy. He also is International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music. Highly sought after for masterclasses worldwide, recent sessions of learning have brought him to the Aldeburgh Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music, Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Friends of Chamber Music, Portland, Oregon, Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada, and to the University of Waikato, New Zealand.