Jamie is the most successful UK jazz artist of all time and effortlessly combines his hectic recording, writing and touring schedule with life as an award-winning broadcaster on BBC Radio 2, the most highly rated station in Europe. Already this year he has scooped the top prize at the Radio Academy Awards with a gold award, as well as the Jazz Media award at London's prestigious Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Jamie's busy broadcasting career keeps him in the vanguard of emerging and established jazz musicians. Jamie's ever expanding haul of awards and nominations now includes a Grammy, two Golden Globes and two Brit awards. He is also gaining notoriety as a literary publisher, having recently launched the critically acclaimed lifestyle magazine 'Eighty Eight'.
In 2013 Jamie released his sixth album 'Momentum' and embarked on a worldwide tour that continues throughout 2014, playing to capacity audiences throughout Europe, Japan, South East Asia, the USA and South America.
Jamie is one of Yamaha's most high profile and prolific piano artists. He has worked closely with Yamaha on a wide range of powerful educational projects aimed at introducing people to his passion: the piano. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his seventh album, scheduled for release in the winter of 2014.
Jamie comments, “My favourite Yamaha piano is the S6. It has exactly the right size of sound for what I do. At times I am not a gentle player, and this piano holds its tuning very well throughout an entire gig. When necessary you can really caress the S6 and coax very gentle sounds out of it. When it needs to hold its own amongst the clatter of drums and guitars it sings out powerfully. I play one on stage and in the studio – it’s my perfect piano!”
Jamie Cullum Tours The Yamaha Piano Factories: The Materials And Methods (Earth)
Jamie Cullum - Silent Sessions
Other Piano Artists
Ilya Rashkovskiy was the 1st prize winner at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2012), the Citta di Pinerolo Competition (2012), the International Jaen Competition (2005), and at the Hong Kong International Competition (2005). He is among the top prize winners of the Long-J.Thibaud Competition in Paris (2nd Place), Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (4th Place) and Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters in Tel Aviv (3rd Place).
James Newton Howard
Check the credits of your favorite box-office smash from the past two decades, and there's a good chance you'll see James Newton Howard listed as composer. Howard has contributed music to more than 100 films, from romantic comedies to action thrillers to sci-fi blockbusters, earning Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations or awards along the way. He's also contributed to the small screen with compositions like the Emmy-nominated main theme for the long-running series ER.
Nicholas McCarthy, who at one point was told he would never have a career, is not your average artist. Born without his right hand he only began to play the piano at the late age of 14. He went on to study at London's Royal College of Music, making history in 2012 when he became the only left-handed alone pianist to successfully graduate in the college's 130-year history. He has now signed a record deal with Warner Classics and will release his debut album in 2015.