Flutist James Donahue enjoys a diverse career as orchestral musician, soloist, and teacher. Since 2012 he has been principal flutist of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Eckerling. James is also an active freelancer and regularly performs as a guest flutist with such ensembles as the Elgin, Rockford, and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestras and the Midwest Philharmonic. Prior engagements include performances with the San Antonio and Waco Symphony Orchestras, and the Lyric Opera of Waco.
James maintains a strong interest in the ethnic flute traditions of the world and has given numerous lecture-recitals on the influence of the Japanese shakuhachi (an end-blown bamboo flute) on the western flute compositions of Toru Takemitsu, Kazuo Fukishima, Shirish Korde, and Wil Offermans. In 2007 he was a recipient of the Masuda Shuho International Shakuhachi Scholarship, which allowed him to study the traditional Buddhist repertoire with shakuhachi master Michael “Chikuzen” Gould.
James holds an Artist Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was a student of the famed French flutist and pedagogue, Michel Debost. Prior to his graduate studies at Oberlin, James received his bachelor of music degree from the Baylor University School of Music, as a student of Helen Ann Shanley. He has also studied with Tal Perkes, Dr. Rita Linard, and Kathleen Chastain. Visit www.jamesdonahueflute.com.