SIMON JAMES, violin
Australian violinist, Simon James, is Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and is a founding member of the Australian World Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. Mr. James often serves as concertmaster with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, and the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and has performed as guest concertmaster with the Vancouver and West Australian Symphonies, and the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. As concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonia, Mr. James can be heard on hundreds of motion picture sound tracks. He has also recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony. In addition, he has performed at the music festivals of Grand Teton, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Sunflower, St. Barths, Lake Tahoe, and Methow Valley.
Mr. James teaches at the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program and has given master classes at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, Central and Western Washington Universities, and the University of Texas. Since he joined the Coleman Violin Studio in 2007, his students have won Seattle Young Artists Festival Medals, MTNA State, Division, and National titles, all divisions of the SMTA Simon Fiset Competition, and the Stradivarius International Competition. They have distinguished themselves at the Stulberg International String Competition, Johansen International String Competitions, Menuhin Competition, St Paul String Quartet Competition, and the Fischoff Competition. His students have been concerto soloists with most of the Pacific Northwest’s leading orchestras including the Seattle, Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, Cascade, Bremerton, and Sammamish Symphonies; Seattle, Tacoma, Cascade, and Bellevue Youth Symphonies; the Bellevue and Seattle Philharmonics, and the Seattle Festival Orchestra. His students have participated in the Aspen, Meadowmount, Sarasota, Sunflower, and Methow Valley Music Festivals; the Perlman Music Program, The Brian Lewis Young Artists Program, the National Youth Orchestra, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Starling-Delay Symposium, and have appeared on NPR’s “From the Top”. They have gone on to study at the Juilliard and Colburn Schools; the Curtis, Peabody, and Cleveland Institutes of Music; the New England Conservatory; and the Universities of Texas at Austin, Southern California, Indiana, Baylor, Rice, Princeton, Colombia, Georgetown, and Stanford.
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