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"Mary James"                                          Photographed by g. Paul Bishop, '54
                                                                                     © 1954-2018 GPB-P


Mary James
(Mary Elliott James)



Mary Elliott 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 California.

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.

Her major 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 many others.

Included among 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.


_____. "Mary James, Violist." San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Biographical
     announcement, Approximate date: 1954.




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