James Littlewood is a young bass trombonist from Melbourne with a passion for connecting people through music. He enjoys a varied career as a performer and educator.
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 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 (Québec, Canada). His work as a soloist was recognised at The 31st 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 also has a strong interest in music education, having taught low brass privately and in schools prior to his training at ANAM. In 2020 James began Your Tune A Day, a project in which he wrote and recorded original tunes every day for 100 days. This repository was a free online educational resource that encouraged musicians to connect with others during the coronavirus pandemic, and James plans to develop this project further.
James is excited to continue his training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2021 under the tutelage of Scott Kinmont and Michael Mulcahy. This year he will complete his Master of Music degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium, and is looking forward to performance opportunities at ANAM and with Australia’s orchestras.
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