JAMES TOBIAS 20, born in Boston, Massachusetts, is earning his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School, and is currently in the studio of Joseph Alessi. Mr. Tobias performed as a fellow in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 2015 and 2016, under the batons of Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Andris Nelsons. In 2013, James Tobias was named the concerto competition winner of the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, for which he performed the Ferdinand David Concertino for Trombone. This is his first summer at the Music Academy of the West.