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James Watson



James Watson is a proud member of Calgary's professional music community. He started playing the violin at the age of seven, and now, since completing his Bachelor of Music (Minor in Linguistics) in 2021, he is a full-time freelance artist, working as a teacher/mentor, composer, recording, and performing artist, with new roles around every corner.

His stand-out work includes composer-in-residencies at cSpace and The GRAND theatre, performing leading roles in numerous local orchestras (earning him the RMD Enterprise Musician of the Year Award 2023) and founding genre-bending groups such as Music As Puppetry, Stringendo/Electronic Symphonia, and Celogen. James’ focus is classical, jazz, and folk, but his eclectic experience working on the fringe has led him to play in unique genres such as Mariachi-Metal, Raga, Persian Pop, Avant-Garde Jazz Punk, and many more.

He has performed alongside accomplished musicians in varying fields, such as two-time Canadian Fiddle Champion Scott Woods, jazz legend Dr. Jeremy Brown and the Juno-nominated Orchestre de la Francophonie.

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Photo Credit: Orein Ferdinandus