Pianist / Harpsichordist
Vocal Teacher and Coach
James Doig obtained a Bachelor in Music Performance at the Australian School of Music where he studied piano and conducting. He later studied harpsichord with Huguette Brassine and voice with Pr. Jan Del Pratt as part of a Bachelor in Vocal Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium. James went on to complete a Masters of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, where he specialized in early keyboard under the tutelage of Neal Perez Da Costa.
James performs regularly as an instrumentalist and singer with professional and semi-professional ensembles. He sings oratorio, opera and lieder, and also works as a cantor, singing chant and sacred polyphony. As a chorister, James has sung with the Song Company, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Omega Ensemble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
James is the musical director at St Michael’s (Belfield), Our Lady of the Assumption (Homebush) and the assistant musical director at Sacred Heart (Mosman). He is also the harpsichordist in residence for the Greater Sydney Orchestra and a regular guest harpsichordist for the Sydney Bach Society.
In 2012, James founded Prima Luce. The ensemble has toured extensively through Europe and rural Australia and have released four CDs, selling over 4,000 disks.
In 2014, James conducted the London Classical Soloists for a conducting competition, for which he was highly commended. In 2015, James was invited to audition as a tenor for the Rundfunk Radio Chorus in Berlin. In 2017, he was asked by Living Museums to present as part of a Symposium at Elizabeth Bay House. James performed a recital of German Lieder and early Australian Compositions, for which he sang to his own accompaniment from a Collard and Collard square piano (1830). In 2017, he was also chosen to partake in the finals of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Oratorio Competition in Melbourne. In 2019, at short notice, James performed the Brandenburg Concerto no 5 with a band lead by Warwick Adeney, the Concert master of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
James has worked under conductors such as Johannes Fritsch, Richard Bonynge, Paul Dyer, Stephen Moore, Thomas Wilson, Dr Neil McEwan, Ronald Smart and Eduardo Diazmuñoz. James has studied with Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, Huguette Brassine, Arnan Wiesel, Professor Jan Delpratt and Anke Hoeppner, and has played for Gerard Willems, Natasha Vlassenko and Geoffrey Lancaster. James has sung and played to Florian Boesch and has sung for the past musical director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, Cardinal Domenico Bartolucci, in an informal interview at his villa in 2002.
James continues to lead a busy life as a freelance artist.