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Faculty Artist Series: Simon James, violin


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What's cool about this evening

  • Simon James, one of the foremost violin teachers in the country.
  • Mozart, Schumann, Schnittke—hear violin pieces from multiple eras.
  • This concert is extra special: to invite you into the concert halls, select performances during the fall semester (like this one) include special intermission content, including virtual artist meet-and-greets, composer interviews, and mini master-classes with top faculty.


Tonight's performance by Simon James and the pianist, Paige Roberts Malloy, was pre-recorded outside California.


Simon James, violin
Paige Roberts-Molloy, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Violin Sonata in B-Flat Major, K. 378
     I. Allegro moderato
     II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile
     III. Rondo. Allegro

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Violin Sonata No. 1 
     I. Andante 
     II. Allegretto 
     III. Largo
     IV. Allegretto - Allegro - Largo

- Intermission - 

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op. 105
     I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
     II. Allegretto
     III. Lebhaft

Get to know Simon James

As an internationally recognized pedagogue, Simon James has attracted worldwide attention as one of the foremost teachers of violin in the United States. In his long performing career, James has been a member of several prestigious orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. As concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonia, he can be heard on hundreds of motion picture, TV, and video game soundtracks and has performed live with Pearl Jam, Elton John, Billy Joel, A.R. Rahman and many others. He has recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and the Slovak Radio Symphony with whom he premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto.

James students have won many of the world’s top prizes, including the International Menuhin Junior Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, MTNA National Competition, and were laureates at the Spohr, Johansen, Il Piccolo Violino Magico, and Postacchini Competitions. They have been featured numerous times on NPR’s From the Top. In addition to appearing with all the Pacific Northwest’s leading orchestras, his students have performed with the Detroit, Richmond, Utah, and Seattle symphonies, the London Philharmonia, and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series. They have participated at the Aspen Music Festival, Morningside Music Bridge, Meadowmount, Starling/Delay Violin Symposium, New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Kronberg Academy Festivals. Students from his studio have recently won positions in the New York Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra.


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