James Price - Classical Guitarist

As soloist and as an ensemble guitarist he has performed at venues throughout the UK, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James' Piccadilly, the Barbican Centre, Cheltenham Town Hall and Oxford's Holywell Music Room. Festival performances have included Bath International Guitar Festival (1997, 1998, 1999), Ludlow Festival (1998), Hebden Bridge Festival (1998, 1999), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (1998) and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature (2000).
In addition to the groups and ensembles of which he is a regular member, he has also performed with, amongst others, saxophonist Rob Hall, sitarist Dharambir Singh, music-theatre company the Clod Ensemble, baroque orchestra the Georgian Camerata and British Youth Opera.

He is also active as a guitar teacher, working for the Da Capo Music School and Lambeth College in London, and for Hertfordshire Music Service at Watford School of Music. His teaching activities have also included leading workshops, conducting ensembles and composing numerous pieces for the student repertoire, and in 2001 he was a member of the teaching staff of the Bath International Guitar Festival.
He is a graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music (GCLCM - Jazz, Contemporary and Popular Music) and of Trinity College of Music (University of London MMus - Performance and Related Studies).

Having studied the piano from an early age, and later both classical and electric guitar, he began his undergraduate studies at Leeds as an electric guitarist. Influenced strongly by guitarists Ralph Towner and Egberto Gismonti, he became fascinated by the possibility of using the classical instrument and its technique for playing improvised music and elected to transfer to study classical guitar. For the remainder of the diploma course he studied under the College's classical guitar professor Dr Graham Wade, the Segovia scholar and biographer of Rodrigo.

While at Leeds he also studied North Indian classical music for a time with highly respected sitarist Dharambir Singh. He graduated in 1993 with prizes for guitar performance and composition, and was awarded the Ricordi prize for musicianship in 1992 and 1993.
Having studied the classical guitar in the context of a jazz diploma course, he now felt the need to spend some further time specializing in classical repertoire, and decided to move to London in order to study at Trinity College of Music with guitarist and composer Gilbert Biberian. Biberian's own music frequently combines a rigorous classical approach with Turkish and other Middle Eastern traditional influences, and was a source of much inspiration in attempting to comprehend a varied musical background.

In 1994 he graduated from Trinity with the University of London's Masters' Degree and was also awarded that year's chamber music prize. While a student he also took part in master classes with John Mills, Benjamin Verdery and Paulo Bellinati, and in 1992 he attended the Cordoba Festival, where he studied with Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer.

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James Price - Classical Guitarist Repertoire

Popular

  • A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procul Harum 
  • As - Stevie Wonder 
  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol 
  • Don't Know Why - Norah Jones 
  • Fields Of Gold - Sting 
  • Fool On The Hill - Beatles 
  • For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder 
  • Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John 
  • Here, There and Everywhere - Beatles 
  • I Have A Dream - ABBA 
  • I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye 
  • I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton 
  • If Not For You - Bob Dylan 
  • Imagine - Beatles 
  • Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack 
  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac 
  • Let It Be - Beatles 
  • Lovely Day - Bill Withers 
  • Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan (Adele) 
  • Mamma Mia - ABBA 
  • Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson 
  • Nowhere Man - Beatles 
  • Rule The World - Take That 
  • She's Always A Woman - Billy Joel 
  • Slipping Through My Fingers - ABBA 
  • Something - Beatles 
  • Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder 
  • Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton 
  • That's Amore - Dean Martin 
  • When I'm 64 - Beatles 
  • Your Song - Elton John 
  • You're Still The One - Shania Twain 
  • You've Got A Friend - Carole King/James Taylor 

Classical

  • Raindrop Prelude - Chopin 
  • Cadiz from Suite Española - Albeniz 
  • Canon In D - Pachelbel 
  • Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes 
  • Gran Vals - Tarrega (Nokia theme) 
  • Granada from Suite Española - Albeniz 
  • Habanera from Carmen - Bizet 
  • Lagrima - Tarrega 
  • Lascia ch'io pianga - Handel 
  • Mallorca - Albeniz 
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra - Tarrega 
  • Seville from Suite Española - Albeniz 
  • Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba - Handel 
  • The Girl With The Flaxen Hair - Debussy 
  • Concerto de Aranjuez - Rodrigo 
  • Toreador's Song from Carmen - Bizet 

Jazz and Latin

  • Brazil
  • But Not For Me
  • Come Rain Or Come Shine
  • Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
  • Dos Gardenias
  • East Of The Sun
  • El Choclo
  • Embraceable You
  • Girl From Ipanema
  • Mas Que Nada
  • Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • Take 5
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • Wave

Film and Musicals

  • All I Ask Of You - Phantom Of The Opera
  • Cavatina - The Deer Hunter
  • I Dreamed A Dream - Joseph
  • Memory - Cats
  • On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
  • Over The Rainbow - Wizard Of Oz
  • Pelagia's Song - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Pure Imagination - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Sigh No More - Much Ado About Nothing
  • Somewhere - West Side Story
  • Speak Softly Love - The Godfather
  • Sunrise, Sunset - Fiddler On The Roof
  • Theme - Schindler's List
  • Theme - The Godfather
  • Various ABBA - Mamma Mia
  • When She Loved Me - Toy Story
  • You've Got A Friend In Me (Main Theme) - Toy Story