Austin Piazzolla Quintet: (L to R) Tony Rogers, Mike Maddux, James Anderson, Jonathan Geer, Pat Harris


 Violinist James Anderson has been hailed by critics as a violinist "who bucks tradition," a "world class violinist, improviser, and composer," and "the most swinging violinist in Colorado." A Fort Collins, Colorado native and violinist since age five, James is at home in a number of musical arenas - including classical, jazz, tango, bluegrass/old time, and more - and has appeared on over 40 recordings. After graduating from high school in 2003, James continued his music studies at the University of Northern Colorado with a violin scholarship. While at UNC, James became an active performer on the Colorado Front Range - performing more that 100 concerts of all types every year - and would become the concertmaster of the various, award-winning UNC orchestras. After graduating with honors, James was accepted to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England for graduate studies. While in England, James became a regular on the vibrant London jazz scene while studying alongside some of the world's finest classical performers such as the Belcea String Quartet and the London Symphony Orchestra. James has been featured in concert halls around the globe including London's Wigmore and Barbican Halls, and the Sala Mozart in Zaragosa, Spain. James has performed with some of world's greatest fiddlers such as Mark O'Connor, Doug Kershaw, Christian Howes, Alex Hargreaves, and Darol Anger; has studied and performed with tango legends Pablo Ziegler, Hector del Curto, Pedro Giraudo, Gustavo Casenave, and Pablo Estigarribia; has collaborated with such artists as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Marcia Ball, Fyfe Dangerfield, Carolyn Wonderland, Grant Gordy, Bruce Adolphe (aka The Piano Puzzler); has opened for acts including The Sam Bush Band, The Del McCoury Band, Chaka Khan, Stanton Moore, and Railroad Earth; has recorded for both film and television including the soundtrack to the major motion picture "Bernie" starring Jack Black, FX's "Archer," and NBC's "Smash"; and has been a soloist and chamber musician featured with orchestras and chamber music festivals around the country. His compositions have been performed around the world by orchestras such as the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Ukraine National Orchestra in Lviv, Ukraine. His tango ensemble, The Atlas Tango Project, has been hailed as "one of the country's foremost tango ensembles," "sublime," "tango at it's best," and "a phenomenally polished and exciting ensemble." After many years on the music scenes in Austin, Texas, and Charleston, South Carolina, James is currently based in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada and is an in demand violinist and teacher on the vibrant music scene.