Second Assistant Concertmaster – Seattle Symphony Orchestra; Concertmaster – Seattle Chamber Orchestra
Australian Hometown: Melbourne
Education: Victorian College of the Arts; Manhattan School of Music
Simon James is Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra 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.
Simon often serves as concertmaster with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera and the Seattle Chamber Orchestra and has performed as guest concertmaster with the Vancouver Symphony, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. As concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonia, Mr. James can be heard on hundreds of motion picture, TV, and video game sound tracks. He has recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto with the Slovak Radio Symphony and has performed live with Elton John and Billy Joel.
In addition, he has performed at the music festivals of Grand Teton, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Sunflower, St. Barths, Lake Tahoe, and Methow Valley. Simon teaches at the Cambridge International String Academy, Encore Chamber Music Festival, and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program and has given master classes at the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute, Central and Western Washington Universities, the Universities of Texas and Maryland, and coached at the New World Symphony.
In the ten years that Simon has been with the Coleman Studio his students have won the International Menuhin Junior Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, Seattle Young Artists, MTNA National, State, and Division titles, and distinguished themselves at the Spohr, Stulberg, Johansen, and the Zhuhai International Mozart Competitions. They have been featured on NPR’s “From the Top”, invited to participate in the Kronberg Academy Festivals, and the newest member of the New York Philharmonic violin section is a Coleman Studio alum.
Last updated 2018