Jess Gillam

From Anglesey, North Wales, Jâms Coleman is a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist.

In 2022, Jâms looks forward to collaborating with BBC NOW, and Britten Sinfonia; instrumentalists David Adams, Hélène Clément, Simon Crawford-Phillips, Ben Goldscheider,  Laura van der Heijden, Steffan Morris, John Myerscough, Alice Neary, Amy Norrington, Elliot Perks, Robert Plane, Timothy Ridout, Colin Scobie, Jonathan Stone, and Maria Włoszczowska; singers Gwilym Bowen, Helen Charlston, Anna Dennis, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Nicholas Mogg, and Nardus Williams, and Yuriy Yurchuk; and the actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Previous chamber-music engagements include performances in the UK and across Europe with instrumentalists David Adams, Jamal Aliyev, Margaret Faultless, Laura van der Heijden, Luke Hsu, Rebecca Jones, Peter Moore, Steffan Morris, Alice Neary, and Timothy Ridout. Recent highlights include giving a recital at Wigmore Hall with Laura van der Heijden as a launch for their CD with Chandos Records.

As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with James Gilchrist, Andrew Kennedy, Michael Mofidian, Nicholas Mogg, Nicholas Mulroy, Robert Murray, James Newby, Sir Bryn Terfel, Sir John Tomlinson, Ailish Tynan, and Elizabeth Watts. Recent recital highlights include performing with Sir Bryn Terfel in a Radio 3 broadcast from St David’s Hall in Cardiff, and recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival with Elizabeth Watts, Felix Kemp, and Michael Mofidian.

Recordings include a disc of Czech and Hungarian music for Chandos Records with cellist Laura van der Heijden and a disc of Loewe lieder for Champs Hill with baritone Nicholas Mogg.

Jâms also enjoys working as a concerto soloist and performances include Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos, and concertos by Brahms, Chopin, Ireland, and Mozart. 

Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he graduated with a masters from the Royal Academy of Music where he then stayed on as a Fellow. In 2018 he was the Artistic Director of a concert series based in St Clement Danes Church in central London which featured twenty-four lunchtime concerts and five evening concerts.