Frederick B. Wells Chair
American-Australian violinist Felicity James joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2018 as associate concertmaster at the age of twenty-two, and has since lead the ensemble in performances of many of the great masterworks, including symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak, and Verdi’s Requiem.
She previously served as concertmaster of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, and has lead orchestras under the batons of James Conlon, Gianandrea Noseda, Edo de Waart, Ludovic Morlot and Edward Gardner, and with soloists including Yuja Wang, Evgeny Kissin, Sarah Chang, Stefan Jackiw, Jan Lisiecki and Eric Owens. She has also played with the Seattle Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Christoph Eschenbach, Antonio Pappano, Stéphane Denève and Leonard Slatkin.
As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras all over the United States, including the Seattle Symphony under the baton of Ludovic Morlot, playing concertos by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Mozart, Walton and Saint-Saëns, among others. She has also competed in numerous international violin competitions, including the Leopold Mozart, George Enescu and Tibor Varga International Violin Competitions.
An enthusiastic chamber musician, she has performed frequently in ensembles at the Verbier, Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals as well as the Colburn Chamber Music Society, the Los Angeles Da Camera Society, and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series, and has had the honor of collaborating with Gary Hoffman, Clive Greensmith, Ani Kavafian, Anthony Marwood and the Calidore String Quartet. She has also served on the faculty of the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival.
She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Robert Lipsett and worked closely with Arnold Steinhardt and Clive Greensmith.