JAMES LARTER 23, born in Northampton, UK, has performed in the UK's most prestigious venues and halls. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Larter performed side-by-side with London Sinfonietta and BBC Symphony Orchestra, as an extra musician with Philharmonia Orchestra, and recently played at the London Coliseum with the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre as guest principal timpanist. Winning the Peter Morrison Concerto Prize and the Percussion Prize, Mr. Larter studied at the Royal College Junior Department with Claire Hasted, continued at Stowe School, and lastly attended the Purcell School studying with Kevin Hathway, where he won its concerto competition and reached the category finals of the 2012 BBC Young Musician Competition. Mr. Larter graduated with First Class Honors from the Royal Academy of Music studying with Andy Barclay, Bill Lockhart, Eric Sammut, and Colin Currie. Recent prizes include a Yamaha European Scholarship, the Royal Overseas League 'Sussex Award', and the 'Norman Butler' English Speaking Union Scholarship. Mr. Larter was awarded a scholarship to study at the Manhattan School of Music from the Countess of Munster Foundation and is a recipient of the James Peterscak Scholarship, where he studies with Chris Lamb, Kyle Zerna, She-e Wu, and Duncan Patton. In 2013, Mr. Larter performed Richard Rodney-Bennett’s Marimba Concerto on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of John Wilson, and performed at Royal Festival Hall as soloist in The Bloodless Giant; turning his hand to compose and arrange some of the music. Mr. Larter recently completed a UK tour of The Sissy's Progress; a performance piece starring Nando Messias.  Mr. Larter collaborates with guitarist Ollie Clark, and has recorded with Sampha, Stuart Zender, and soul singer Omar.