Justin James is a classical and contemporary pianist with an affinity for the music of the 19th and 20th century periods, especially that of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofieff, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.
Aged four, Justin began playing his first notes and has never lost touch with the instrument. Growing up exposed to creativity in a musical household, with a considerable amount of classical and jazz influences and his Mother, a contracted live musical broadcaster with the ABC for a decade, was also a significant factor.
Justin began formal studies at the age of six and by thirteen, had mastered much of the romantic piano repertoire. A former student of Perth Modern School, as part of the music scholarship program, he also trained in classical piano at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, studying with Robert Curry (student of Charles Rosen) and Pauline Belviso (student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli).
Introducing, Justin James – Piano V.1
His debut recording is simply called, Justin James – Piano V.1. It is a collection of “timeless” compositions for the piano, when the iron frame grand piano was soaring to great heights, during the latter part of the industrial revolution and beyond.
Justin James Piano V.1 begins with the expressive and ornamental Nocturne of Chopin as we are taken on a poetic musical journey featuring the delicate Minute Waltz and two Preludes which include the elegant Raindrop, culminating in two of Chopin’s most cherished and technically difficult Etudes. Classical piano at the height of virtuosity.
From there, we melt into the sonorous tranquillity of Debussy’s first Arabesque and second Image from Book Two, showcasing the natural acoustics of both instrument and venue. Two “Chopinesque” Etudes from the lyrical Scriabin transport us to a climactic finale with several scintillating Preludes and the fourth Moment Musical of Rachmaninoff, highlighting the incredible depth and power of the grand piano.
Justin James Piano V.2 was highly anticipated and further explores the beauty and artistry of influential 19th and 20th century composers. Justin James performs and records a timeless selection of the most cherished piano music ever written.
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