SAXOPHONE sensation Jess Gillam is heading to New York for a performance with another group of rising stars of the classical music world.

Jess says she’s “super excited” to be performing at the city’s Greene Space as part of the launch for the WQXR 19 for 19 series, which will celebrate some of the most exciting classical artists on the planet. The one-off event brings together members of the new group for what promises to be a unique and spectacular concert on January 31. WQXR is an American classical radio station licensed to Newark, New Jersey. As well as Jess the line-up features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, pianist Inon Barnatan, visionary chamber ensemble The Knights, and Wei Luo, an astonishing 19-year-old pianist whose has been likened as “the next Lang Lang.”

The performance will be hosted by WQXR’s creative director Clemency Burton-Hill, well-known British broadcaster, journalist, novelist and violinist, whose a regular face on The Culture Show, BBC Young Musician, The Review Show, the BBC Proms, and numerous other arts and current affairs programmes.

From the Big Apple, Jess travels to Washington DC on February 3 for a recital with American pianist and award-winning composer Thomas Weaver.

After her Stateside trip, Jess returns to the UK for a series of gigs with Turkish pianist Zeynep Ozsuca. the Turkish pianist. She has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Born in Ankara in 1984, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe. Zepnep has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Antonio Pappano, and acted as rehearsal pianist for singers Magdalena Kožená, Rolando Villazón, Gerald Finley to name but a few.

They play shows at Falkirk on February 8; February 11 at Aberdeen and Hexham’s Queen Hall’s Arts Centre on February 13.