James Aylward (1979) began to play bassoon when he was 13 years old. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia and graduated in 2000. During his study he was a winner of a number of prizes including the Willem van Otterloo scholarship which allowed him to later study in the Netherlands.
After graduating, James won the job as Associate principal bassoon in the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand and in April 2001 was appointed Associate Principal bassoon in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra where he played until 2005.
James studied from 2004 to 2007 at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam with Jos de Lange. He followed masterclasses with Dag Jensen, Pascal Gallois and Matthew Wilkie. James is now a busy freelance bassoonist, involved in many chamber music projects and playing casually with the major Dutch orchestras.
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