James started the violin aged 7 and studied at the Junior Academy, the Royal Northern College of Music with Lydia Mordkovitch, Christopher Rowland and then in the USA with Daniel Phillips of the Orion Quartet.
From 2000 to 2008 James was the leader of the Degas Quartet, USA, giving concerts in over 20 states, at numerous Universities, Weill Hall Carnegie and the Aspen Festival. Between 2003 to 2007 James was the Concertmaster of Western Piedmont Symphony in North Carolina.
In 2010 he started the Villiers Quartet. The Quartet is now resident at Oxford University and at Southern Sinfonia and have recently released their first disc on NAXOS , the Complete Quartets of Robert Still.
James has spent the last 8 years studying the work and teaching methods of Constantine Dounis, a pedagogue which he believes was unparalleled in his approach to the violin.
Watch James in action here