James Littlewood is a young bass trombonist from Melbourne, with a passion for connecting people through music. He enjoys a varied performing career as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician.
James’ musical pursuits have taken him across the world to work with a wide range of people in Canada, Asia, and Europe. During his undergraduate studies at Monash University, he received scholarships to study abroad at The University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and La Scuola comunale di musica “Giuseppe Verdi” (Prato, Italy). 2018 saw James join The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on its tour of Asia. All of these formative experiences continue to inspire him to perform and use music to connect people.
In his graduate studies at The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, James has focused on the performance and history of third-stream trombone repertoire, particularly the work of Tommy Pederson. In 2019 he participated in the enhanced program at Domaine Forget's Trombone Academy (Quebec, Canada). His work as a soloist was recognised at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand at the end of 2019, where he was a semi-finalist and was awarded the International Brass and Woodwind Player Award.
James has enjoyed a busy life as a freelance musician and teacher in Melbourne, and is excited to commence his studies at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2020. This year he will complete his Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium, and is looking forward to performing with Orchestra Victoria for Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly and at the Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea, alongside the many other opportunities available at ANAM.
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