James Beck – Artistic Director & Cello

James studied at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Western Australia and Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a member of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra 1999—2012, James has performed in many of the major cultural institutions and concert halls of Australia, UK, France & Germany. He is featured on the Brandenburg’s ARIA Awards for Best Classical Release (2010, 2009, 2005). James also performs with Pinchgut Opera, Sinfonia Australis, Ironwood, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra & Cologne Chamber Orchestra. James has taught people of all ages and abilities and in 2005 was music tutor to actress Nicole Kidman for her role in Sydney Pollack’s film The Interpreter. James performs with an instrument attributed to Simone Fernando Sacconi and a range of modern and historic bows. In addition and augmenting his music career, James is a former Artistic Manager of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and General Manager of the Foundation for Historic Houses Trust of NSW.