James Littlewood is a young bass trombonist from Melbourne with a passion for connecting people through music. His 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). In 2018, James joined 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 post-graduate studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, James focused on the performance and history of third-stream trombone repertoire, which remains an important area of interest for him. His work as a soloist was recognised at the 31st Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand, where he was a semi-finalist and was awarded the International Brass and Woodwind Player Award; and at the 2021 ANAM Concerto Competition he received a commendation for his performance in the semi-finals. He also has a strong interest in music education; in 2020 he began Your Tune A Day, a free online educational resource that encouraged musicians to connect with others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, James is excited to continue his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Scott Kinmont and Michael Mulcahy. In February he completes his Master of Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium, and is looking forward to performance opportunities at ANAM and with Australia’s orchestras in 2022.
Financial assistance supported by ANAM Primo donor - Geoff Clarke
Photo by Pia Johnson