James Lent earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Concert Piano Performance from Yale University. Dr. Lent’s diverse performance of classical, broadway, jazz, pop, and vocal collaborations, concertos and solos are a noteworthy delight for any guests of event or occasion! James currently serves at the UCLA School of Music and has served on he summer faculty a the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. He had the honor of coaching Actor Woody Harrelson’s for the film “Seven Pounds” in which Mr. Harrelson portrays a blind pianist. Dr. Lent’s successful performances have lead to his reputation as a sought after performance and vocal coach at his private studio located in the beautiful and historic Echo Park near downtown Los Angeles.
As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lent made his Alabama Symphony debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 to critical acclaim on 24 hours’ notice to replace Andre Watts. James’ numerous piano awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, the Salon de Virtuosi Awards in New York, the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, and the title of Top Instrumentalist in the World Championships for the Performing Arts in Burbank, CA. Mr. Lent’s other orchestral appearances include the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Torrence Symphony, Orchestra X, the Ocean City Pops, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony. His solo recital appearances include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany; for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, a Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he gave the world premiere of a new work written for him by noted contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski. His performances have been heard on New York’s WQXR and National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Mr. Lent was invited to participate in the Pierre Boulez Workshop for Instrumentalists and Conductors at Carnegie Hall where he performed with the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Maestro Boulez in a sold-out concert at Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Lent was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.
Mr Lent is a native of Houston where he attended the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston. Since completing his Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale in 2001, Mr. Lent has been based in Los Angeles.