Biography - James Straus

“James Strauss is hands down the best flutist I have ever had the pleasure of working with.  He is certainly one of the best flute players in the world, with an nbelievable sense of musicianship, impeccable intonation, and the purest tone quality you could ever hope for.  He is a true, true master of his craft.
Maestro Jeffrey Dokken – Rome Symphony Orchestra

The Lang Lang of the Flute
Arizona Daily Star

Brazilian flutist James Strauss has made a spectacular ascent in the world of classical music as a solo artist, and champion of the concerto repertoire, and chamber. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. “The Lang Lang of the flute,” says the Arizona Daily Star .”  Un grand bravo! An authentic Latin representative of the French School of Flute,” said Jean Pierre Rampal.

Those fortunate enough to hear Brazilian flutist James Strauss immediately agree with the French Master’s appreciation; it´s an extraordinary display of erudite musicianship allied with an innate sense of communication through Art.

Strauss is a musician with an equal flair for sweetness, elegance, and whatever extremes possible inside the concept of dramatic intimacy all filtered through an honest and sincere skill to properly conceptualize a work.

His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary Masters in addition to endeavors in Brazilian and South American folk that perfectly reflect the many facets of his abilities in solo, chamber, or concerto performances.

James Strauss is the first Brazilian flutist to ever be conceded a Diplomme de Concertiste by the École Normale de Musique de Paris. He was one of the very few last disciples of Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Strauss was laureate with a scholarship by the French government for the Conservatoire de Paris and for the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot de Paris where he studied with Pierre-Yves Artaud, Alain Marion, Genevieve Martigny, Maurice Pruvot, Lazlo Hadadi, Bernard Andrés and later masterclasses with Mstislav Rostropovich, Ransom Wilson, Michel Moragues, Michel Debost, and Lars Nilsson.

Strauss was a laureate in many international competitions and awards as:

  • UFAM – Concours International de Musique de Chamber 1st Prize
  • UFAM – Concours International de Flute 1st Prize ( France )
  • Concours International de la Ville de Lempdes – best interpretation of contemporary piece ( France)
  • Concours du jeune Flutiste 2st prize – Morangis   ( France)
  • Premio Carlos Gomes – Brazil
  • Huesped Ilustre de la Ciudad de Guayaquil ( Ecuador)

Strauss has a special interest in new music and unconventional repertoire, which has led many composers to dedicate works to him including the world or local premières of works by Philip Glass, Alexander Arutiunian Nicole Randall, Solfa Carlile, Sean Hickey, Glenn Roger Davis, Ricardo Tacuchian, Philip Czaplowski,  Dimitri Cervo, Julio Medaglia, Charles Chaynes, Jean Françaix, Thorkel Sigibjornsson, Ezequiel Diz, Betholven Cunha and many others.

He gave the modern première on the piccolo of the fourth piccolo concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, discovered by the French musicologist Jean Cassignol.

He is regularly featured in the international press, as a guest on NPR’s Performance Today, Bowed Radio, WGUC FM, RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONAL, and Radio Classique and he was a host and performer on the Musical TV show in Brazil  Musicas que elevam at the REDE MUNDIAL. The Falls House Press/Theodore Presser Company published James Strauss’s discovery and reconstruction of the Concertstuck for flute by Tchaikovsky.

Strauss has been guest soloist with orchestras including Capriccioso Chamber Ensemble (Finland), Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (France), Israeli Virtuosi (Israel), Orchestre Philharmonic de Sibiu (Romania), Oxford Chamber Orchestra (UK), Tokyo Chamber Orchestra (Japan), Orquestra Sinfonica do Recife”(Brazil), Orquestra Sinfonica de São José dos Campos (Brazil), Bachiana Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Orquesta Sinfonica de Cuenca (Ecuador), Orquestra Sinfonica de Venezuela, Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa (Mexico), Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional de Brasilia and many others.

Respected for his inspiring teaching, Strauss has taught master classes and performed recitals for universities and flute societies, such as Miami University (USA), Iceland Academy of Arts (Iceland), Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (France), the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho Fortaleza CEARA (Brazil) – Londrina Music Festival (Brazil), Venezuela Simon Bolivar Conservatory.

As music critics say, “He has an astonishing tone color, beautifully rich and thick sound and he imparts a shimmering brilliance to his music…”   This emotional and technically superb musician performs as a concert soloist all over the world, with his virtuoso flute.

James Strauss is one of the most brilliant artists of his generation.  Active recording artist for  Universal Music Group Artist  – He already has 25 CDs with artists such as Israeli Virtuosi ( Tchaikovsky and Brazilian flute concertos), Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Ada Pelleg, Regina Glasunova, Miyo Umezu, Alfonso Lopez, Camerata Simon Bolivar, and others.

Strauss is based in Vienna – where he teaches at Wiener Musik Akademie and at Centro Superior de Musica de Galicia and he enjoys a multi-faceted career as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher.