James Lind is a Classical Guitarist who joined the Live Music Now Scotland scheme in January 2023. He has performed and taught guitar across Scotland for over ten years and enjoys programming a broad range of music for his performances.
James began his guitar journey with Stephen Morrison - a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory. He was taught to perform with trust in musicality and instinct whilst honing his technique. After enjoying successful performances within his high school and the Fife Festival of Music (including being a finalist in the Fife Young Musician Award), James felt encouraged to pursue his guitar playing at degree level.
James entered the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016 and completed both an Undergraduate and Masters degree under the guidance of Prof. Allan Neave. In that time, James enjoyed tuition from world-leading guitarists such as Paul Galbraith and Pavel Steidl. He performed widely during his studies, premiering new music at the Plug New Music Festival as well appearing as a soloist in concerts in the Stevenson Hall and Ledger Recital Room. The most memorable concert, performing the Villa-Lobos Mystical Sextet alongside harp, Celeste and winds - a piece that Villa-Lobos himself once lost and rewrote!
James flourishes in collaboration and often shares music and programming ideas with colleagues. He has performed the trio music of Hans Werner Henze with the harp and mandolin and has encouraged young composers to write for the guitar. He continues to work within a duo setting with the Mandolin, violin and even electronics! His interest in borrowing music from other instruments allows for variety in his programming - whether it be a mystical Scriabin Prelude or a Fantasy by Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons, audiences can always expect to hear something non-guitar related at James’ concerts!
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