JAMES MCFADDEN-TALBOT ranks high in an emerging generation of superior instrumentalists who are also finding renown as much-performed composers. Still in his student years, McFadden-Talbot has served as the concertmaster of several orchestras, and has also seen his compositions performed at the very highest professional level, both in his native Los Angeles and in New York City.
Sometimes referred to as a "budding Mozart," McFadden-Talbot has established the goal of being a violinist/composer/conductor. His performance career has included stints as concertmaster of the USC Symphony Orchestra, USC Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Texas Festival Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in masterclasses led by Joseph Silverstein, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Lawrence Dutton and Cho-Liang Lin.
McFadden-Talbot has participated in leading summer music festivals, both as a violinist and a composer. These include the Greenwood Music Camp, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Interlochen, the Banff Center, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic premiered McFadden-Talbot's orchestral composition, Urban Sea, in a 2009 program at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He was a teenager at the time. McFadden-Talbot's Pentawhistle, scored for woodwinds, has been performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, as has Spring Revisited, a co-composition with three colleagues, which was premiered at Disney Hall by the noted jazz bassist Christian McBride and the Sonus Quartet.
McFadden-Talbot's first completed composition, Andante in C major, received its premiere when James was but 12-years-old, played by the Wild Ginger Philharmonic at Zipper Hall, the esteemed performance space at the Los Angeles Colburn School. At age 14, his composition for orchestra, Across Five Aprils, won First Place in the International Composition For Orchestra Competition of the Asia America Symphony. McFadden-Talbot’s Concern was premiered in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2010. His work for the theater includes original scores for productions of Love's Labor Lost, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, among others.
James McFadden-Talbot is a Senior Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Composer Fellowship Program. He worked for two years under the personal tutelage of the Pulitzer Prize laureate composer Steven Stucky. He is currently pursuing his B.M. in Violin Performance as a Presidential Scholar at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studies with Professor Midori Goto.