James Ross, from Wick, Caithness, Scotland, began playing music at the age of eight, studying under respected musician and composer, the late Addie Harper. He then went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, from which he graduated with a BA in Scottish Music in July 2000. He next completed the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in June, 2001, studying under Professor Michael o Suilleabhain at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick.
James has performed extensively throughout Britain, Ireland and America and currently teaches traditional piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since 2001 James has been part of the late Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! scheme, which takes live performance to a wide range of community venues.
"Once in a while, a truly unique artist arrives on the traditional music scene, someone who creates a fundamental shift in the way we perceive an instrument, a body of material, or a style. Such artists are doubly important to us, for they are not only performers, they are catalysts. They rejuvenate. They redefine. And above all, they illuminate new pathways for others to follow. James Ross is such an artist". ............ Brian McNeill