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. His appearances on WQED-FM and with Tuesday Musical Club have made him a fixture of Pittsburgh’s classical music scene.
2017 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, and works by Schoenberg and Webern.
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, and Raphaël Languillat
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 2015 James worked with Steve Drury as a fellow at New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice.