James Williamson was born in Selby (1984) and now resides in York with his wife Jodie and their cat Wendy. His performances and collaborations with ensembles and performers include the London Sinfonietta, Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Delta Saxophone Quartet, Manson Ensemble, National Theatre, CoMA London, Aurora Orchestra, Galliard Ensemble, Ensemble Firebird, Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Pula Symphonic Orchestra, Österreichischen Symphoniker, Quatour Diotima, Barry Webb (trombone), Franko Bozac (accordion) and was commissioned Modicum Momentum for percussionist Sarah Mason for the inaugural Kammer Klang series in 2008. James was also shortlisted for the Young Composers Workshop at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2006 for his solo harp piece 10 Pages, performed by Rhodri Davies. Music for Six received its premiere at Canterbury Sounds New 2007 followed by subsequent performances including a Park Lane Group Composers’ Platform.
James studied composition at the University of Huddersfield with Patrick Standford. Since completing his degree in 2005, James studied privately for a year with Bryn Harrison before heading to the Royal Academy of Music to study a Masters with Philip Cashian.
As PhD student, James received the University of York’s ‘Lyons Celebration Award 2016/17’ involving a new commission for the University of York Symphony Orchestra. The new piece entitled Happy are they who dwell in your house will premiere in March 2018. His piece The Fifth Element was selected for publication for Composers Edition as part of James Turnbull’s New Oboe Music Collection at the beginning of 2017. In June 2017, SCAW (Sarah Watts, bass clarinet/Anthony Clare, piano) premiered new piece Lone Yellow.