2020 Adjudicators

Chris James


Chris JamesCanadian flutist Chris James is a highly versatile young performer, currently assistant principal flute and piccolo in the Vancouver Symphony. Praised by the New York Times for his “brilliant” orchestral playing, Chris has held positions with the Memphis, Missouri, and Ann Arbor Symphonies, and appeared with orchestras including the Detroit, Toronto, Albany, and Nashville Symphonies, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Also an active chamber musician and soloist, Chris has won prizes at competitions at home and abroad, including the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition. Recent honours include performances at the the 9th Kobe International Flute Competition, and an appearance on CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” (2017).

Chris is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory. Formative teachers have included Linda Chesis, Vicki Blechta, Tara Helen O’Connor, Nora Shulman, and Susan Hoeppner.