Music has been an integral part of James’ life since an early age. By age 5, James constructed his own violin from a cereal box and rubber bands. That same year, he received a real violin for Christmas, which became his outlet and refuge that would keep him out of trouble and off the streets In Worcester, MA.
By his mid-teens James would practice 4-5 hours a day and by age 14 he was a soloist, performing at the Hanover Theatre. He would go on to have almost perfect scores in his District and All-State Orchestra auditions. He won a full scholarship to study at New England Conservatory Preparatory School. James found great pride studying with David Siegel, who comes from the teaching lineage of the legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz. James went on to study at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. He was a finalist in the school’s concerto competition and was highly praised at recitals he gave. James’ schooling was cut short when his father became tragically ill and had to go back home to support his family.
After some time, James started teaching and performing with the Worcester Chamber Music Society. He held teaching contracts with Clark University and Assumption College.
He has relocated to Dallas, TX, where he plans to start anew and currently teaches at Dallas Music Academy, and other academies.