Tyler Michael James
Cellist Tyler James got his musical start attending the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts while working on his private teacher’s farm to pay for lessons. Tyler toured as principal cellist of the 2018 National Revival Tour of Miss Saigon. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Kimmel Center and the Boston Opera House. Tyler recently made his 92nd Street Y debut performing Dinah Pruzhansky’s Piano Trio Sound of the Land.
As a soloist, Tyler performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the NYU01 Symphony Orchestra and the Tan Dun Cello Concerto Snow in June with the NYU Percussion Ensemble. Tyler has performed chamber music with artists including Peter Zazofsky, Andrés Càrdenes, and Karen Dreyfus and has held residencies with both the Ēnso String Quartet and the Zodiac Trio.
Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Tyler began volunteering with Lyrica Boston, the resident ensemble of the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, to perform socially-distanced programs for homeless individuals and nursing home residents. He will also be on the 2021 cello faculty of the Arts Ahisma Chamber Music Festival.
Tyler graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University on full scholarship studying with Marion Feldman and Myron Lutzke while earning a minor in Political Science. Tyler is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree with Dr. Terry King, protegé of the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky, at the Longy School of Music Of Bard College as an Amy and Joshua Boger Scholar.
Performance of the Swan at the Boston Home sponsored by Lyrica Boston