Cellist Tyler James got his musical start attending the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts while working on his private teacher’s farm to pay for lessons. Tyler toured as principal cellist of the 2018 National Revival Tour of Miss Saigon. He has performed in venues across the globe including Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Radio City Music Hall, Mirabell Palace, the Kimmel Center, and the Boston Opera House. Tyler was recently featured in the Boston Globe for his performance of the Brahms B-Flat Sextet in Cambridge‘s Courtyard Concert Series.
Tyler has performed chamber music with artists including Doris Stevenson, Peter Zazofsky, Andrés Càrdenes, Karen Dreyfus, and members of the Horzowski Trio. Tyler is currently a member of the Longy School‘s Intercultural Music Initiative String Quartet with Professor Sean Wang. As a soloist, Tyler has performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the NYU Symphony Orchestra under Dr. Adam Glaser and the Tan Dun Cello Concerto Snow in June with the NYU Percussion Ensemble under Jonathan Haas.
As an advocate for new music, Tyler has premiered a myriad of original works by contemporary composers across different genres. He has had the honor of working with and learning from the likes of Jessie Montgomery, Eve Beglarian, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Andrew Kozar, Amanda Berlind, and George Katehis on their music. Tyler recently performed Dina Pruzhansky’s Piano Trio Sound of the Land on her 92nd Street Y faculty concert.
Tyler is currently cello faculty at the Boston String Academy and the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival. He has previously taught at the Longy School of Music‘s El Sistema Summer Academy, the Montecito Music Festival, the Kaufman Center‘s Summer Strings Festival, and the Conservatory Lab Charter School. As a teaching artist, Tyler works with Lyrica Boston‘s Citizens Artist Orchestra, the resident ensemble of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, to make music for homeless individuals and nursing home residents. Tyler leads seminars in teaching artistry to incoming Longy School of Music students. Tyler is a Music Educator and Teaching Artist Fellow with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Tyler earned his Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude on full scholarship from New York University where he studied cello performance and political science. He has performed in masterclasses for cellists Alisa Weilerstein, Mark Kosower, Hans Jensen, Paul Watkins, Colin Carr, Bonnie Hampton, Natasha Brofsky, and Julian Schwarz. His primary cello influences have been Leslie Frittelli, Marion Feldman, Myron Lutzke and Ko Iwasaki. Tyler has held residencies with both the Ēnso String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio and has been coached by the likes of Joseph Lin, Paul Neubauer, Stephanie Chase, Giora Schmidt, Astrid Schween, and Laura Bossert. Tyler is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma with Dr. Terry King, protegé of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, at the Longy School of Music Of Bard College as a Kristen Mortimer Scholar.