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Jess Gillam signs to Decca

Jess Gillam signs to Decca

This article was posted on 11 May 2018.

Jess Gillam has become the first saxophonist ever to sign a record contract with Decca Classics. She commented: ‘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 the saxophone with as many people as possible.’

Now aged 19, Gillam made history in 2016 when she became the first saxophonist to win the BBC Young Musicians woodwind final, later going through to the grand final. 2017 saw her first BBC Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performing as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. This year she will perform at the last night of the Proms as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The managing director of Decca Classics, Dr Alexander Buhr, said: ‘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.’

Jess plays Yanagisawa Custom Engraved AWO20 alto and S901U un-lacquered soprano saxophones. She uses Vandoren reeds, ligatures and saxophone slings.

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