photoViolist James Dunhams’s rich background includes having been founding member of the Naumburg Award winning Sequoia String Quartet and subsequently violist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet. An impassioned advocate of new music, he has premiered and recorded many works written for him, and his recording of Judith Shatin’s “Glyph” for solo viola and piano quintet was recently released. Fanfare Magazine (July/August 2014) praised the work as “reverent…beautifully, skillfully written” and “the playing here by soloist James Dunham is stunning: resonant and vital.” Mr. Dunham recently joined the members of the Diotima String Quartet of France for the premiere of a viola quintet by composer Richard Lavenda. In addition to guest appearances, Mr. Dunham is violist of the Axelrod String Quartet, in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. where the ensemble performs on their collection of Nicolò Amati and Stradivari instruments. - full biography-

Photo: Simon Gentry 2012

JD Written Contributions

•Journal of the American Viola Society: The Walton Concerto: A Synthesis

•Lucy Miller: Adams to Zemlinsky: A Friendly Guide to Selected Chamber Music, Published by Concert Artists Guild

•Strings Magazine: Changing Partners Two Articles (1988)