James, San Francisco Symphony violist for the past 5 years, has
been enthusiastically received as soloist and chamber music
artist in Vienna and London, as well as in her home state of
At the age of 5,
she began her piano studies, and augmented her musical education
with the violin at the age of 9. She later played viola in
string quartettes, which ultimately led to her present status as
one of the leading violists in the field of Chamber Music.
A recipient of
the coveted Hertz Scholarship, she has worked with such noted
artist as Philip Burton of the Griller Quartette in the United
States, Lionel Tertis in London, and at the State Academy of
Music in Vienna, with Ernst Morowec, where she subsequently
received her diploma.
successes as soloist have ranged from the Carmel Bach Festival
to the Vienna Back Gemeinde, the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester,
and the Collegium Musicum. In Chamber Music she had been equally
successful in concerts for the International Society for
Contemporary Music, the Bach Festival of Carmel, the Ojai
Festival, the Mills College Chamber Music Series with Darius
Milhaud and Leon Kirchner, the University of California, and
the many noted conductors she has played under are Bruno Walter,
Sir Thomas Beecham, Pierre Monteux, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,
and at the present time, Enrique Jordá.
James, Violist." San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,
announcement, Approximate date: 1954.
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