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Caroline James

Caroline James, PianoCaroline James was born in Belgium and commenced her piano studies at the age of eight. At 17, she entered the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Mons (CRM), where she studied with Dalia Ouziel, graduating in 2005. Caroline then continued her studies at CRM, including the study of piano accompaniment with Catherine Van Loo. Passionate about chamber music, she followed lessons with Guy Van Waas and Luc Dewez. In 2009, she obtained a Master of Arts in Piano and another in Piano Accompaniment from CRM.

As soon as I started accompanying another instrument, I knew that was my path. I went to the conservatory to become an accompanist. There, I started accompanying singers and I loved it!  You need to be very focused to be able to create the perfect moment, to find the right balance between supporting without being overwhelming. But, when you find that balance, the feeling is worth every effort.

In 2010, she graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment. Afterwards, wanting to specialize in vocal accompaniment, Caroline moved to Glasgow where she completed a Master of Music in Repetiteur Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2012. In the spring of 2012, she was accepted to the Flanders Operastudio in Ghent where she did one year of intensive training as a repetiteur, graduating in June 2013. During her studies, Caroline had the opportunity to follow masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Ann Murray, Sir Thomas Allen, and Pietro Rizzo.

I love music because for me it’s something magical. Music can be so pure, so touching, so out of this world, so perfect, so incredible, so (…), I guess I just need it.

CAROLINE’S BANG-UP! PROJECTS:

La Bohème, S/HE, Così fan tutte, Grand Opera Night

FAVORITE SONG:

It’s difficult to choose only one, but I really love Vissi d’arte from Tosca, or “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” which makes me cry almost every time!

FAVORITE ARTIST:

Martha Argerich

FAVORITE OPERA:

La Bohème, the way some of the arias are written for the voice in this opera is just incredible.

WHAT INSPIRES CAROLINE:

Those moments in music where nothing else exists anymore, where time stops.  Also, that certain look in someone’s eyes, beautiful landscapes, and beautiful poems or text.