James is a finalist studying music at the University of Cambridge, studying under So-Ock Kim as part of the CAMRAM scheme. James has been playing the violin since the age of seven, attending Chetham’s School of Music from ages 10 to 18. Whilst there, he studied under Kristoffer Dolatko, Jan Repko and Jiafeng Chen. During this period, he had many opportunities for solo performances, including leading the Symphonia Orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall in 2012, as well as a variety of recitals and masterclasses throughout the UK. These Masterclasses included tuition from Schmuel Ashkenasi, Sally O’Reilly and Alf Richard Kraggerud. Furthermore, in 2016, James was afforded the opportunity to perform Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending with the Halifax Symphony Orchestra. Alongside his passion for violin, he was awarded an LRSM for piano in 2016, following an ABRSM Distinction in Grade VIII on the organ in 2014.
James is is also a passionate chamber musician, and has been fortunate enough to collaborate with musicians from, and to perform in, Norway, Holland and Switzerland. Moreover, in 2014, James was able to attend the Bach and Paganini International Festival for Violinists in Stratford-upon-Avon, following which he was invited for further study in St. Petersburg with Professor Savely Shalman.
Most recently, James led the Cambridge University Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, Jac van Steen and Jamie Phillips, and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in West Road Concert Hall with Laura van der Heijden, Edward Reeve and the Empyrean Ensemble. In October, he had a fantastic experience performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Cambridge University Sinfonia under Holly Mathieson.
James has received a scholarship offer to study on the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy Of Music from September 2019, where he will be supported as a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder.