James Moat, violinist in the Skyros Quartet, travels and performs across the United States, Canada, and abroad. James most recently appeared with the Skyros Quartet at the Cornish Playhouse in Seattle for a production of Approaching Ecstasy, a work for choir and ballet in collaboration with The Esoterics and Whim W’him. During the summer of 2017, James taught alongside his Skyros colleagues at the Tuned In! chamber music festival in Seattle, and appeared as a guest artist with the Skyros Quartet at the Chamber Music in the Mountains festival in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to his tenureship with the Skyros Quartet, James spent a season as a section violinist of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and acted concertmaster of the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra.
Dr. Moat has attended numerous notable music festivals, including Deer Valley, Casalmaggiore, Meadowmount - where he studied with Sally Thomas of the Juilliard School, and Boris Brott's National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, Ontario. Most recently, he and the Skyros Quartet attended the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. While there, the Skyros worked with the Jupiter, Takacs, American and Pacifica string quartets, and also studied under Earl Carlyss, Sylvia Rosenberg and James Dunham. James also spent time studying privately with Ms. Rosenberg.
James earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2017 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and hails from Toronto, Ontario. In 2009 he received a Master of Arts in Classical Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, in Limerick, Ireland, where he studied with Mariana Sirbu. During his Masters, James performed abroad in Paris and Amsterdam, and a carried out a research trip to visit the home of Jean Sibelius in Finland. In the spring of 2007, James graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance under the guidance of Jerzy Kaplanek and members of the Penderecki String Quartet. James studied with Paul Sonner at the Interlochen Arts Academy during his pre-college years. Dedicated to the education of future musicians, James and the Skyros Quartet, in conjunction with the Chamber Music Madness organization, have developed and lead a chamber music in the schools program in Seattle called ECCHO. As a violinist of the Skyros String Quartet, James looks forward to a new direction in music, both in performing and working in communities to share music with those that may not have had many opportunities to experience the arts.