James Iman (cont.)
Frances Wilson of The Cross-Eyed Pianist says of James’ playing that “[f]ew can rise to the challenge of this music and meet it head on with conviction, musicality, and a supreme alertness to its myriad details and quirks: James Iman more than achieves this. Indeed, [...] one has a very clear sense of his total commitment to this music, and also how comfortable he feels in this repertoire.”
Mr. Iman has given World Premieres of works by Charlie Wilmoth, David Dies, and Everette Minchew and United States Premieres of works by Gilbert Amy, Alwynne Pritchard, and Raphaël Languillat. In April of 2017 James gave the World Premiere of “People,” a concert-length work he commissioned from composer Lowell Fuchs.
In addition to his activities as a performer, James is active as a lecturer and clinician. He is a frequent guest lecturer on contemporary music at Shenandoah Conservatory, and has been a resident at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Grand Valley State University giving master classes for pianists and clinics with composition students.
James is also co-founder of Pittsburgh-based (co)ordinal with fellow pianist Christin Cooper. The duo will launch their first season of music since 1900 for piano four-hands and two pianos in October of 2018.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music, Mr. Iman holds an MA in Piano Performance and a BA in Music History and Piano Performance from the university. While at IUP he studied piano with Judith Radell and James Staples. In 2015 James worked with Steve Drury as a fellow at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.