Pianist James W. Iman has distinguished himself as a specialist in music of the 20th and 21st centuries and frequently performs music of the Second Viennese, Darmstadt, and New York Schools. Audiences have called his playing “direct,” “thoughtful,” and “compelling.” His appearances on WQED-FM and with Tuesday Musical Club have made him a fixture of Pittsburgh’s classical music scene.
In 2O15 he joined the artist roster of ZeD Classics and 2O17 saw the release of his debut album which includes the World Premiere Recording of Gilbert Amy’s labyrinthine Sonate pour Piano alongside Pierre Boulez’s Troisième Sonate, Arnold Schoenberg’s Drei Klavierstücke op.11 and Anton Webern’s Variationen für Klavier op.27.
Renowned Boulez scholar Peter O’Hagan has said of the album that “[the] performances are characterized throughout by a passionate sense of commitment to each of the works on the CD” and Andrea Bedetti of MusicVoice.com has said James’ recording of the Boulez sonata is among the “reference versions.”
Mr. Iman has given World Premieres of works by Charlie Wilmoth, David Dies, and Everette Minchew and United States Premieres of works by Gilbert Amy, Alywnne Pritchard, and Raphael Languillat. In April of 2Ol7 James gave the World Premiere of “People,” a concert-length work he commissioned from Lowell Fuchs.
Forthcoming performances include a James' second all-female program at Chatham University (which will include the World Premiere of the complete From Natura by Kristen Broberg), as well a residency at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
James is also co-founder of Pittsburgh-based (co)ordinal with fellow pianist Christin Cooper. The duo will launch their first season of music since 19OO for piano four-hands and two pianos in October of 2O18.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music, Mr. Iman holds an MA in Piano Performance and a BA in Music History and Piano Performance from the university. While at IUP he studied piano with Judith Radell and James Staples. In 2O15 James worked with Steve Drury as a fellow at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.
"[His] performances are characterized throughout by a passionate sense of commitment [...]"
- Peter O'Hagan