Find out what all the buzz is about! A soloist of national and international acclaim, Toni James was a finalist in the televised BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, winning the Regional Final Prize for Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as receiving the Gold Medal at the Moray Piano Festival Competition and the American Protégé International Competition in New York City. Audiences fall in love with this enchanting Scottish lass whose growing success has seen her perform all over the world in recital and festival performances in the UK, United States and Europe, notably performing in recital at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway and in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall and Rochester’s Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Toni James was absolutely delightful.  Who would have thought such passion could emit from such a tiny being?  She did a wonderful job both playing and communicating with the audience.  They loved her.  I can't remember when we have had a standing ovation.

 -Eileen Hauser

Programming Librarian,

Coronado Brown Bag Piano Series


Considered among the finest pianists of her generation, Ms. James earned top honours at the Royal Conservatoire’s Mozart Memorial Concerto competition, the Governor’s Recital Prize and the Bach Prize for Piano competitions. At age 20, she was the youngest Scottish pianist to receive a Bachelor of Music in Performance with First Class Honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Ms. James also holds a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she has recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature.


Ms. James is frequently invited to give masterclasses at universities and piano schools across the country and just beat out more than 70 applicants from all over the world to win a faculty position in the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance. While at Eastman, Ms. James received the School’s highest honours in both performance and teaching. She received the Max Landow Scholarship, awarded annually by the faculty to a doctoral pianist for distinction in performance and the Teaching Assistant Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Ms. James developed a reputation for outstanding teaching as one of only a few students selected for Eastman’s Certificate in College and Community Teaching Program.


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