James has studied music since the age of 8 and has been professional for 14 years. His career has taken him around the world touring America, China, and all across Europe playing a number of different instruments and styles of music. Because James plays more than one instrument, his career outside of teaching has led him down many different paths. This versatility has aided James to teach a number of different styles from Classical music, Jazz and Rock, and Pop music.
James Started Playing the Clarinet when he was 8 years old and graduated with a distinction in Grade 8 at the age of 18. Alongside his classical education, he always listened to and loved playing Jazz music. He started to play the saxophone during his teenage years and using the techniques he had learned on the clarinet, adapted himself into a proficient Jazz Saxophonist
Alongside the woodwind background, James also started playing the guitar at the age of 14 and started playing in rock bands. With a love for modern music, James progressed very quickly at the guitar and managed to get a place at the Academy of Contemporary Music at 18 to study his degree. He learned a number of styles of music there from some world-famous guitarists (Guthrie Govan, Jamie Humphries, Mike Caswell). After spending the next three years dedicating hard work to both of his crafts James started getting jobs touring with Artists around the UK and Europe (Bad Company, Juan Zelada, Nicole Scherzinger, Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis).
Emrah's love of music started with classical guitar, he started his music education by studying classical guitar in 1996. After continuing his classical music education for 4 years, he started also studying flute at Kocaeli University in 2000. He studied chamber music and orchestra with Ece Karsal and soloist with Dr Sadako Yokoyama. He studied piano accompaniment with Associate Professor Hakan Bagci and Feridun Aslan. He graduated in 2004 and worked as a flute teacher for a few years at Kocaeli Anatolian Fine Arts High School before he got accepted to do his master's degree at the faculty of educational sciences at Istanbul University and completed his pedagogical formation education.
After teaching at many schools, he opened his own music school in Istanbul in 2009 and started to give certificate training with the approval of the Ministry of National Education. Emrah, who teaches flute, guitar and piano, continued to teach in his own school until 2021. He then, unfortunately, had to close his school in Turkey due to covid-19 and moved to London to pursue his music performance/teaching career.