Canadian flutist Chris James is a highly versatile young performer. Praised by the New York Times for his "brilliant" orchestral playing, Chris enjoyed a stellar freelance career prior to joining the VSO. In addition to positions with the Memphis, Missouri, and Ann Arbor Symphonies, he has appeared with orchestras including the Detroit, Toronto, Albany, and Nashville Symphonies, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Also an active chamber musician and soloist, he has performed in such diverse venues as New York’s Weill Hall, Toronto’s Mad Bean Café, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Ontario Legislature Buildings, and the open-air Piazza del Plebiscito in Viterbo, Italy. Recent honours include performances at the the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition, and an appearance on CBC Music's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30" (2017). Chris has won prizes at numerous competitions at home and abroad, including the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals' National Competition. He has been invited as a recitalist to the Mid-South Flute Festival, the Universities of Memphis and Central Arkansas, the National Flute Association Convention, and concert venues across Canada and the United States.
A dedicated educator, Chris is increasingly in demand as an adjudicator. He has recently served in this capacity at the Mid-South Flute Festival, the Toronto, Ottawa and Oshawa Kiwanis Festivals, Rhodes College, and the University of Michigan.
Chris is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Toronto's Royal Conservatory. Formative teachers have included Linda Chesis, Vicki Blechta, Tara Helen O'Connor, Nora Shulman, and Susan Hoeppner.