Eliza James, Professional Violinist
Eliza James has been a successful, working, professional violinist in Los Angeles since the age of 18. She performs regularly with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Anka, MASS Ensemble, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Drake, Shock G, Cowboy Troy, Taylor Hicks, Marco Antonio Solis, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Mario Biondi, Gloria Gaynor, Anita Ward, Evelyn Champagne-King, Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers), Harry Connick Jr, David Gates/Bread, Bernadette Peters, Ill Nino, DJ Julius, Randy Travis, Larry Bagby, Paul Chesne, Billy Idol, Los Tri-o, Rahzel, Casey Veggies, Nathan Pacheco, JMSN, Candyman187, 3 Doors Down, Andrea Bocelli, Trulio Disgracias, Alejandro Sanz, Yoshiki, Chris Botti, Rouge/Luxe/Beats (90210 Entertainment), The Harlem Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Oscar Peterson, Warren Hill, and Diana Krall.
She has graced the stages of the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammys, the Academy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Women in Film Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol, the JC Penney Jam (with David Foster) and the Sundance Film Festival.
Eliza is the featured solo violinist in Burt Bacharach’s touring band and has held the position for the past 7 years. She is the first solo violinist to join Mr. Bacharach’s band. Eliza regularly performs in many international music festivals including the Wrightgaarden Langesund Summer Festival (Norway), the Milano Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam Holland), the Montreal Pop Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia Italy), the Tokyo Jazz festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival (Hollywood CA).
She has toured the world performing in magnificent concert venues in Japan, Italy, Norway, Holland, Australia, England, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Belgium. Eliza is well-versed in many styles of music including classical, pop, country, jazz, hiphop, blues, rock and Persian/middle-eastern. Residing in Hollywood, she performs on major motion picture soundtracks/scores some of which include March of the Penguins, Talladega Nights, The Conjuring (directed by James Wan), The Devil’s Carnival (directed by Darren Bousman), A Lot Like Love, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and Unaccompanied Minors. Eliza also arranged/recorded all of the strings for Candyman 187 and the Havenotz record (Tupac’s brother), Natalie Cole’s hit “Love Brought Me Back,” and a new song for Dubstep artist 12th Planet as well as numerous other projects. She has also appeared on many television shows including How I Met Your Mother, Strong Medicine and numerous episodes of Glee.
Eliza has worked with many producers/songwriters/composers including Burt Bacharach, David Foster, Ted Pearlman, Marti Frederiksen, David Campbell, Joe Bishara, Alex Wurman, Michael Andrews, George Shaw, Ben Rabbers, Corey Wallace, Bruce Robb, Skip Saylor, Joe Barresi, Justin Gariano, Lee Miles, DJ Lethal, Bob Horn, Curt Piar, Rob Shrock, John Otto, Marc Jordan, Mark Needham, Richie Stites and Nigel Starr.
Eliza’s extensive early classical training with teachers such as Brian Lewis, Maurice Sklar and Dorothy DeLay has given her a deep appreciation for music education and she continues to be an active member of the teaching community, encouraging other young artists to pursue their goals and musical aspirations.