Pianist Dr. JAMES LENT is on the faculty of UCLA as Lecturer in Collaborative Piano at UCLA in addition to serving as the principal collaborative pianist for instrumental, choral, and vocal studies. James completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at theYale School of Music under teachers Boris Berman, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl. He made his Alabama Symphony debut to critical acclaim performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 on 24 hours’ notice to replace Andre Watts. He is a frequent performer on series throughout the West Coast including recent live radio and movie premiere appearances on Seattle classical radio, and at Paramount Studios. As the official collaborative pianist for the Schoenfeld International Strings Society Competition, he has traveled multiple times to Harbin, China to perform and collaborate with judges and competitors
Dr. Lent has also performed with the renowned Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, and his performances have been heard on National Public Radio. His numerous 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, the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition.He 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.
As a soloist, he has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony, among others, and as solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he premiered a new work written for him by American composer Frederic Rzewski. He has also toured China 5 times, performing in cities including Nanjing, Xian, Beijing, Shanghei, and Harbin.
James also teaches at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) as a pianists coordinator, vocal coach, and musical director. He has experience performing all styles and types of music from classical to contemporary, most recently music directing and performing at the piano onstage for the LA premeire of Spamilton in at the Kirk Douglas Theater, and gives many masterclasses and judges many competitions for the Music Teachers Association of California and throughout the USA.