Mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the German baritone Benjamin Appl was a BBC New Generation Artist and an ECHO Rising Star Artist for the 2015-16 season. He became an exclusive Sony Classical recording artist in May 2016 and won the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2016.
“The current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers.” Gramophone Magazine
Born in South Africa, James Baillieu 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 Lawrence Power, the Heath Quartet, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza, Allan Clayton, Jacques Imbrailo, Ailish Tynan and John Mark Ainsley. As a soloist he has appeared with the Ulster Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and at the Petworth Festival with the Wiener Kammersymphonie.