James is currently engaged in research into César Franck’s early piano works and how they relate to his late masterpieces. This will include a re-examination of Franck’s relationship with the piano throughout his life. For Franck’s bicentenary, he organised a two-day conference at the College with talks, concerts and masterclasses revolving under the title ‘César and His Legacy’.
James majored in composition at Leeds College of Music, finishing with a compositional scholarship and first class honours while representing the College at the Leeds Leider Festival. From here, James went on burrow himself in piano studies, finishing The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music with top marks. In Poland James frequently performed both as a soloist and in various ensembles. From performing he moved on to a PhD at the Royal College of Music with a doctoral bursary.
Faculties / departments: Research