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Mr James Heron
Mr James Heron


British-American violinist and violist James Heron, originally from Washington, DC, performs with some of the most esteemed British ensembles, most notably the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Over the last three years, he has also been seen performing on tour across the UK, Poland, Malta, and at the BBC Proms with the London Sinfonietta and has played with the Britten Sinfonia in Cambridge and London. Other orchestral work has taken him around the world, most notably performing under conductors such as Valery Gergiev at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo and Tokyo as well as with Thomas Adès and James Gaffigan at the Music Academy of the West in California. He has also appeared in chamber orchestra performances at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado with Daniel Hope, where he studied further with James Dunham. His recent concerto appearance with the Paddock Orchestra in Huddersfield of the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor paved the way for an especially exciting season along with being awarded the Delius Prize from the Delius Society for interpretation of works by the competitionís namesake.

James is fortunate to have been given numerous masterclass opportunities with eminent musicians such as Cynthia Phelps, Atar Arad, Helen Callus, Alan Gilbert, Jerome Lowenthal, and Garth Knox. He graduated with first class honours from the Royal Academy of Music as recipient of the Helen Worswick Scholarship under the tutelage of Philippe Honoré and Felix Schmidt, where he also studied with Paul Silverthorne of the London Symphony Orchestra. At the Academy, he served as principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner and Mark Elder among others and was a principal player in the Academyís elite chamber music ensemble, the Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists. As a keen advocate of the viola as a solo instrument, he has arranged Mozartís Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 and Haydnís Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2.

He also enjoys continuing work on his long-term vision of creating a pedagogical method for the violin and viola based on a compilation of real-world chamber music and orchestral literature. In that vein, he has been teaching violin and viola students of all ages and abilities for the last five years in London.

James currently plays on a viola made for him in 2010 by Michael Weller and a violin made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1847, which is very kindly on loan to him from an anonymous source.

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Address: Barbican
Greater London
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Fee (30 minutes): £25.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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