James Garlick began studying violin at age five. Since graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory, he has been in increasing demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. James recently made his Carnegie Hall con certo debut performing the Saint-Saens Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso to a packed house in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. 2009/2010 season highlights include multiple recital appear ances and concerti of Mendelssohn and Piazzolla with Octava Chamber Orchestra and Northwest Sinfonietta. James won the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Solo Competition, and advanced as a semifinalist in the Stradivarius International Violin Competition where he was one of fifteen competitors from around the world. James is Concertmaster of the Cas cade Symphony and is often concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta; he also performs occasionally with the Seattle Symphony. James is part of the Artist Roster for the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, whose aim is to support emerging talent. A 2006 graduate of the Oberlin College and Conser vatory, James earned a double degree in both violin perfor mance and neuroscience. He was frequently concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestras and award-winning Oberlin Contem porary Music Ensemble, and worked closely with conductors such as Robert Spano at Carnegie Hall and Sir Simon Rattle. James studied with Gregory Fulkerson at Oberlin and Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival.