James Lowrie graduated from the University of Toronto’s composition program in 2013. His principal teacher was Christos Hatzis. He has also studied privately in Toronto with James Rolfe, Kevin Lau, and Linda Catlin Smith, and, while teaching English in France in the 2014/15 academic year studied informally with composer Jean-Philippe Bec at the Conservatoire de Rouen, lessons paid for with genuine Prince Edward County Maple Syrup. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Composition at the University of Western Ontario with Omar Daniel.
James’s performance instrument is the classical guitar. A student of the great Eli Kassner for over a decade, James has performed at numerous events in Toronto including the Guitar Society of Toronto and solo recital tours in South Eastern Ontario. Though he is loath to admit it, the guitar is central to how he thinks about harmony and texture.
The Bozzini Quartet, The FAWN Collective, The Array Ensemble, The Toy Piano Composers and the Caution Tape Sound Collective have all performed his works in concert. James has also worked as a stand up comedian. Careful sleuthing around Youtube might even unearth a few of his performances in this capacity.
Q: Now that you've lived in France does that mean you talk about how the food is better over there all the time in an annoying way?
A: Mais oui, bien sûr!
Q: Did you write a piece for guitar and paper shredder?
A: Yes. Furthermore, I am proud of it.
Q: When you say you only have ‘half of one kidney’ does this mean that the other one and a half kidneys have been removed?
A: No, they are still there, they just don't work. Why does everyone ask me this?