James Willshire appears as a concerto soloist, solo recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed a wide-ranging concerto repertoire with orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Ensemble of London. He has given solo recitals at concert halls and festivals throughout the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA, and has toured India three times.
In 2000, at the age of fifteen, James was awarded an Educational Scholarship in the London International Piano Competition, the youngest British pianist to be thus recognised. He has performed at festivals throughout the UK and abroad, including the Lichfield, Cheltenham and Winchester festivals, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Cantilena Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe, the Roman River Festival, ‘Il Festival di Londra’ in Italy where he gave the opening recital, the Glasgow Festival of Youth Orchestras where he appeared as guest soloist, the Victoria International Arts Festival and the Paxos International Festival. He has given concerts in the Bridgewater Hall, Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall, at which last he gave his debut recital in 2008. Broadcasts include live performances on the Performance Channel and Indian National Radio and appearances on British and Irish television.
A regular performer of contemporary music, James’s debut recording on Delphian (DCD34098) featured the complete piano music of the Scottish composer Rory Boyle; it was released in 2011 to critical acclaim, including a five-star review from The Scotsman. James maintains a strong interest in music education and teaches piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.