Jess Gillam has signed an exclusive recording deal with Decca Classics – becoming the first saxophone player to join the historic label.
On signing to the label, Jess Gillam said: “I’m so excited to become the first saxophonist ever to join Decca Classics! The saxophone is such a dynamic, versatile and expressive instrument and I cannot wait to record some of my favourite music and share my passion for music and saxophone with as many people as possible.”
Dr. Alexander Buhr, Managing Director of Decca Classics, commented: “Jess is a unique new voice in the classical music world. She is an exceptionally talented and dedicated musician, and a great communicator. Her charisma and energy are undeniable. We are delighted to welcome her to the Decca Classics family and look forward to partnering with her on her musical journey ahead.”
Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records, added: “Jess is spearheading a new generation of young female artists whose captivating personality and compelling musicianship offer a bright future to classical music.”
Last year, Jess made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, and she will be returning this year for two more performances: as part of the BBC Young Musician 40th Anniversary Prom on 15 July, and also as one of the star soloists in the ever-popular Last Night of the Proms on 8 September.
Jess’ concert career continues to go from strength to strength – highlights include regular performances with the Manchester Camerata and BBC Concert Orchestra as well as upcoming debuts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has already appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and on the international stage in addition to an upcoming concert at L’Auditori Barcelona, Jess will be performing with Gothenburg Symphony, the Argovia Philharmonic, Switzerland and with the Tampere Philharmonic alongside Chief Conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.