James Busby, a familiar figure in the musical life of New England, is in demand as a vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and organist  throughout the Northeast.  "Pianist James Busby played with skill and conviction," writes Boston Globe's Richard Dyer, "...the real illuminations came from Busby's insightful and elegant playing."  In songs of Fauré and Debussy, "...the most vivid work came from James Busby, elegant at the piano...Busby...played like a French angel." (Lloyd Schwartz/Boston Phoenix).  "James Busby's contributions were digitally capable and so straightforward in the interpretation department that it came as a sheer revelation to the reviewer." (Richard Buell/Boston Globe).  
 
A native of Jackonville, Florida, and an alumnus of New England Conservatory, James studied piano with Julius Chaloff and Kyriena Siloti and organ with George Faxon and Max Miller.  He later studied with noted vocal coaches Felix Wolfes, Olga Averino and conductor John Moriarty.  While yet a student, he had the unique opportunity of playing for master classes and lessons with such luminaries as Jennie Tourel and Eleanor Steber.  He has worked with many conductors including Sarah Caldwell, Thomas Dunn, Erich Leinsdorf and Arthur Fiedler.   In addition to accompanying some of Boston’s finest voices, James is organist and choirmaster of S. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, located in the heart of the Brown University Campus, a post he has held since 1993.
Recent performances include appearances with singers at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood and Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, where he performed song cycles by Ned Rorem and Scott Wheeler, with the composers in attendance.  Other appearances include recitals in England, Switzerland and Germany, as well as broadcasts for The Voice of America.  James has performed at conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society.  He is heard frequently on WGBH radio, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Newport Music Festival, and under the auspices of the Sears-Roebuck Affiliate Artist Program.     
 
James served as Intermezzo's Musical Director from its inception in 2003 through the 2010 season, overseeing the premiers of Charles Shadle's A Question of Love, David P. Gibson's Verlaine and Rimbaud, and Brian Hulse's The Letter, in addition to productions of Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti,Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, Hindemith's Hin und zurück, Pasatieri's The Women and Heloise and Abelard, Barber's A Hand of Bridge, and the acclaimed 2006 production of Britten's Curlew River. In 2007, he was music director/conductor for the world premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee's The Inman Diaries, and in 2008, James led the forces in the premiere of Charles Shadle's A Last Goodbye and Erik Satie's Socrate.
James returns as musical director and pianist for the New England stage premier of Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus in September, 2012.
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