Performances have taken James Nalley to almost every state in the continental U.S, as well as Canada and Europe. Upcoming international recital performances include Latin America (Nicaragua), England (Artist in Residence, University of Birmingham), Ireland and multiple venues in Italy. After his solo recital Debut at the Boyle Arts Festival in Ireland, The Irish Times named it "a recital not to have missed!" Since then he has been invited to return three times. Recently, a March, 2005, interview in the National Piano Magazine of South Korea named James Nalley "one of the latest U.S. pianists to watch." This Spring he will be in a featured article about "Rising U.S. Stars" in International Piano Magazine.
In addition to his very active performing career, he is Assistant Professor of Piano in the College of Music at Florida State University - Tallahassee. During the summers, he is also the Artist-Faculty in Residence at the Schlern International Music Festival and Academy in the Italian Alps.
James is the winner of many national and international competitions, and made his New York Debut in Carnegie Hall to great acclaim. He has performed for many radio broadcasts and PBS performances, including the Bravo Channel Broadcasts in Canada and the BBC in England and Northern Ireland. He has appeared as soloist with many of the world's finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, and the San Francisco Symphony in Davies Symphony Hall.
Equally active in chamber music collaborations, he is a popular guest at many festivals, including the Taos Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico, New Orleans International Music Festival, Boyle Arts Festival in Ireland, and Conservatory in Managua, Nicaragua. He has collaborated with some of the world's finest chamber groups which include the Inman Trio, the Muir String Quartet, the Shanghai String Quartet as well as violinists Charles Castleman and Janet Sung.
A native of Philadelphia, James is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and the Eastman School of Music where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. A popular master class clinician and adjudicator, he has presented in over 50 different academic programs around the world and is a regular juror of the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, D.C., and the International Young Artist Competition in South Korea.
As Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, James recorded a CD of the Charles Ives Sonata No. 1 /Aaron Copland Piano Sonata. This CD was released with great success, and the America Record Guide called it "Remarkably played ... the result is a revelation ... This recording is a real treasure!" His 2nd recording was released internationally (with the works of Schubert and Liszt) again on the Eroica Label. A review on E-Music Magazine called it "amenable and remarkable" and if you think you have heard it all with the Schubert Bb Sonata, take a listen to this disc!" He is currently on the roster of Recording Artist for the Eroica Record Label, listed in the Whos Who of Professional Artists, the Fulbright Scholar Senior Specialists roster and represented by Lois Scott Management Inc. in New York.
EVENTS in 2007
with James Nalley