Born in South Africa, James was a Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Young Classical Artist Trust artist and was shortlisted for the RPS Outstanding Young Artist Award and the Chamber Music and Song Award. He is an International Tutor in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Northern College of Music and head of the Song Programme at the Verbier Festival Academy Atelier Lyrique.
An accomplished chamber musician, soloist and accompanist, James’ partnerships include Lawrence Power, the Heath Quartet, Mark Padmore, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Pumeza Matshikiza and Pretty Yende. Venues include Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Musikverein, and the Bergen, Spitalfields, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Edinburgh, Brighton, and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.
James has presented his own series at the Wigmore Hall and appears regularly on tour throughout Europe and the US with artists including Lise Davidsen, Allan Clayton, Tara Erraught, Benjamin Appl, Peter Moore and Angel Blue.