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James Tennant

James Tennant

Senior Lecturer in Cello
Head of Performance, Chamber Music and Orchestra
AUG Representative

About James

American cellist, James Tennant, comes to the staff at the Conservatorium of Music continuing a long and lively career as a concert cellist, teacher and arts instigator. His main teachers have been William Pleeth, Gregor Piatigorsky and Jerome Jelinek, and he has participated in numerous Master Classes with Janos Starker, Leonard Rose and Stephen Kates. He graduated with Distinction from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Michigan, gaining many awards and prizes for his solo and chamber music performances. While at Michigan, James joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra where he performed under Antal Dorati, Klaus Tennsted, Frubeck de Burgos and Leonard Bernstein, and recorded for Motown with some of the biggest names in American Pop and Rock.


By the age of 30, having lived in the U.S., London and various parts of South America, where he was the cellist of the Trio Mozart, James had performed as soloist and chamber musician in 16 countries. As a teacher he was also on the staff of Albion University (U.S.) Universidad del Cauca and the Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia (Colombia), and had performed as principal cellist with the Flint (U.S.), Orquesta de Camera de Bogota and Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia (Colombia) Orchestras.


Since arriving in New Zealand in 1982, James has established himself as a highly successful and respected performer and teacher. He has performed concertos with the Auckland Philharmonia 4 times (including the Brahms Double Concerrto with the Viennese violinist Karin Adam), the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Dunedin Sinfonia among others, as well as with the leading musicians Dene Olding, Diedre Irons, Patrica Wright, Piers Lane, Alexa Still, Michael Houston, Katherine Austin and the New Zealand String Quartet. He has taught at the universities of Auckland and Canterbury, and his students have achieved numerous successes in national and international competions. He has initiated such musical ventures as the Nelson International Chamber Music Festival and Summer School, CadeNZa, the Belli Celli and the Rotorua International Chamber Music Festival. Currently, he is performing with the Ogen Trio and the Tennant-Austin Duo, and is a core member of the recently formed ensemble "The New Zealand Chamber Soloists".

Recent Publications

  • Austin, K., Hall, L., & Tennant, J. (2018). New Zealand Chamber Soloists Concert (NZ Institute of Registered Music Teachers National (IRMTNZ) Conference) - Beethoven Trio in C minor Op 1 #3; Buchanan-Smart Tongariro Trio, Dvorak 'Dumky' Trio in E minor [Katherine Austin (piano), Lara Hall (violin) and James Tennant (cello)]. Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Broom, S., Scholes, P., Austin, K., & Tennant, J. (2018). Brahms and Bartok [Simeon Broom (violin), Peter Scholes (clarinet), Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello)]. Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

  • Scholes, P., Tennant, J., Austin, K., & Broom, S. (2018). Mt Eden Chamber Music Festival 2018 - Brahms Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 Bartok Contrasts, Sz.111 [Peter Scholes (clarinet), James Tennant (cello), Katherine Austin (piano), Simeon Broom (violin)]. Mt Eden Village Centre Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Kim, H., Kim, J., Angus, B., Danns, J., McDonald, I., Morgan, E., . . . Balzat, M. (2018). Cellophonics (Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts) [Performance]. Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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Keywords

Study and performance of the cello; musical interpretation; performance issues (technical and musical); solo and chamber music to orchestral and non-classical expressions; orchestral conducting.


Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Tennant, Mr James 9368 jamest IJ.1.01 Music Programme

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