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. He finds it inspiring and fascinating to collaborate with different musicians and values the rewards of this process.
Chamber-music engagements include performances in the UK and across Europe with instrumentalists Luke Hsu, Clio Gould, Maggie Faultless, Timothy Ridout, Laura van der Heijden, Jamal Aliyev, Joy Lisney and Marcin Zdunik. He has performed live on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, BBC 2’s Proms Extra, BBC Radio Cymru and S4C.
As a vocal accompanist, he enjoys collaborating with many singers and his engagements include recitals with such Ailish Tynan, James Gilchrist, Sir John Tomlinson, Robert Murray, Nicholas Mulroy, Robert Murray and Andrew Kennedy at festivals such as the Leeds and Oxford Lieder Festivals. Recent highlights include an evening recital at Wigmore Hall and performing the three Schubert song cycles at the Two Moors Festival. He will return to Wigmore Hall in November where will perform in a showcase for Samling Arts alongside Nicky Spence, James Newby, Elin Pritchard, Olivia Warburton and Christopher Glynn.
Jâms enjoys performing solo recitals and as a concerto soloist. He has performed repertoire including Beethoven’s Third, Fourth and Fifth Piano Concertos and concertos by Chopin, Brahms and Mozart.
Jâms read Music at Girton College, Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar. In 2016 he completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where he then stayed on as a Fellow. He also has experience of working as a Musical Director and repetiteur and in 2014 he conducted fifteen performances of Tchaikofsky’s Eugene Onegin across Wales. He is the Artistic Director of a new concert series based in St Clement Danes Church in Central London which featured twenty-four lunchtime concerts and five evening concerts in 2018.
Jâms is an Oxford Lieder Young Artist, a Live Music Now Artist, a Park Lane Group Artist, a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Samling Artist. He is grateful for the support of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Elizabeth Evans Trust, the John Fussell Award, the Arts Council of Wales and is grateful to the English-Speaking Union for providing funding to attend IMS Prussia Cove.