James completed his early studies with David Pereira at the Australian National University School of Music where he was awarded the Ruth Pfanner undergraduate scholarship, the Wesley Music Centre Scholarship, Canberra Symphony Orchestra String Scholarship, and The Margot Lewin Prize for the most outstanding cellist.
After his time in Canberra, James gained a place at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne where he studied with Howard Penny. James has been lucky enough to have performed across Australia as an artist in the festivals of Castlemaine, Brisbane, Melbourne, Bangalow, and Canberra.
As a member of the Geist String Quartet, one of Australia’s preeminent young chamber ensembles, James has made appearances at festivals and masterclasses in Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A. Performing together for the past four years, the The Geist String Quartet has been awarded the Westheimer String Quartet Fellowship, Ernest V. Llewellyn Memorial Fund Award, and the Mary Vallentine Prize.
Currently based in Sydney, James is in demand as a chamber musician, conductor, teacher, and frequently collaborates with composers to perform and record their new solo and chamber music, having premiered over twenty new works in the last three years.