Championing musical works from all periods, James Wilson performs on Baroque as well as modern cello with repertoire ranging from the late-17th century to new works especially written for him. As recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in America's Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Koelner Philharmonie, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Sydney Opera House. He has performed and conducted at music festivals around the world such as the Hong Kong Arts Festival, the City of London Festival, the Deutches Mozartfest in Bavaria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado.
Mr. Wilson is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has frequently served as guest principal cello of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a former member of the Shanghai and Chester String Quartets, and the Da Capo Chamber Players, he has recorded and toured extensively world-wide. His performances have been broadcast on West German Radio and Bavarian Radio in Germany, CBC radio in Canada, Radio Shanghai, Radio Helsinki, and CBS television and National Public Radio in the U.S.A.. A resident of both New York City and Staunton, Virginia, Mr. Wilson is currently the Artistic Director of the Richmond-based Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University in New York City, and is on the faculty of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont.