James Wade was born in Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Arts at the
University of Melbourne, studying philosophy, psychology and music history,
prior to turning his attention seriously towards music. Initially James
studied voice with Steven Grant, then composition under Stuart Greenbaum,
Johanna Selleck and Brenton Broadstock. He graduated again from the
University of Melbourne in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and the
Esther Rofe Award for composition.
Being largely self-taught and having a late introduction to traditional
musical study has resulted in James' tendency to be influenced more by
conceptual ideas, than directly by other composers or genres of music.
Additionally, the lack of conventional notation within early compositions
has resulted in on-going experiments using indeterminate and improvisatory
compositional techniques. These methods frequently encourage performers to
take a more significant role in the creation of the music. His music often
exploits the disparity between complete freedom and regimentation of ideas
applied to every aspect in music.
Recent performances of James’ music include the staging of several scenes
from his chamber opera Delphi in October 2005, by students from the
University of Melbourne Faculty of Music, and the premiere of a number of
recent compositions at Melba Hall in November 2005. Future projects include
several works for solo piano and a song cycle based on Australian poetry.
James is a member of the Melbourne Composers' League and a writer full
member of the Australiasian Performing Right Association.