MusiciansJames Armstrong

James is commencing his first year of training at Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Sophie Rowell.

He recently obtained a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he studied with Janet Davies and was the recipient of the Ted and Susan Meller Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

James enjoys a versatile career, performing on both modern and baroque violin. He performs regularly with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and has recently performed with Pinchgut Opera, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Sydney Philharmonia, Muffat Collective and the Nomad String Quartet. James was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra for seven years and was the concertmaster of the Flagship Orchestra in 2021. He has held principal positions in programs with the Australian Youth Orchestra and with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. In 2019, James was honoured to have been the inaugural recipient of the Austria Scholarship from SYO and the Austrian National Tourist Office. 
As a passionate chamber musician, James was the Convenor of Chamber Music at St Andrew’s College and formed the ‘Forelle Ensemble’, a Sydney-based piano quintet, which toured in Sydney, regional NSW and ACT in 2021. James has performed in masterclasses with highly acclaimed musicians including Lukas Ljubas, Jan Pospichal, Anne Harvey-Nagl, Wayne Foster-Smith, Louis Creac’h, Julia Fredersdorff, Midori Goto and Shunske Sato. 
James is also a walking-enthusiast and loves early morning swims. He is very interested in languages, having studied French throughout his school years and beginning German classes during lockdown. 

FROM: Sydney, NSW. Lands of the Cammeraygal people.

James’ training at ANAM is fully supported by ANAM Syndicate through the Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation

Photo by Pia Johnson. 

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