Originally from Savannah, Georgia, James Burch is a cellist currently based in Austin, Texas. As a soloist he has performed works by Dvorak and Maslanka at the Rialto Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Bates Recital Hall in Austin. He has also performed internationally including most recently at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy, where he was awarded the Performer Prize. Committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has worked with numerous composers including Xi Wang and Donnacha Dennehy. His current projects include upcoming performances of works by Kaija Saariaho and Michael Gordon as well collaborations with other Austin-based composers. In addition to his role as a performer, James is also the co-director of Tetractys, a new-music concert series in Austin.
As a teacher, James was a faculty member at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program. Former students have gone on to study music at schools including Indiana University, University of Michigan, and University of Georgia. He enjoys working with students of all ages and levels.
James is finishing a DMA in cello performance at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies cello with Bion Tsang and chamber music with members of the Miro Quartet. His previous teachers include Andres Diaz, Martha Gerschefski, Christopher Adkins, and Hans Jorgen Jensen.