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. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2010. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music.
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. He was appointed a Hodgson Junior Fellow in 2007, a Professor of Piano Accompaniment in 2011, and awarded an ARAM in 2012.
An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James collaborates with singers and instrumentalists including Lise Davidsen, the Heath Quartet, Adam Walker, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza, Allan Clayton, Jacques Imbrailo, Ailish Tynan and John Mark Ainsley. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, Bridgewater Hall, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, City of London, St Magnus, Norfolk & Norwich, Brighton, Verbier and Aix-en-Provence Festivals. As a soloist he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Petworth Festival with the Wiener Kammersymphonie.
‘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