James Kreiling started playing the piano when he was five, learning first with his Grandmother and then with local piano teacher Raymond Chandler. He started lessons with Professor John York at the age of 14 and studied with him until 2007. He is currently a chamber music fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with fellow pianist Janneke Brits studying with Charles Owen and Martin Roscoe, recently gaining his Masters with distinction.
James has performed in masterclasses given by various musicians including Imogen Cooper, Christian Blackshaw, Peter Donohoe, Paul Roberts, Gary Hoffman, Bernhard Roberts, Philip Fowlke and Bengt Forsberg. He has performed solo and ensemble concerts in venues including the Royal Festival and Barbican halls, St Martin in the Fields, Wigmore Hall and Kettle's Yard as well as in Switzerland, Sweden, Greece and at the Edinburgh festival.
In the summer of 2007 he performed solo in the BBC Proms’ composer portrait of David Matthews at the Royal Albert Hall and on Radio 3 and in July 2008 he performed at the Spitalfields Festival as part of the Guildhall New Music Ensemble. In 2008 James was selected as one of the Park Lane Group's young artists and this resulted in a solo recital in 2009 at the Purcell Room to great critical acclaim, as well as recitals in St Martin in the Fields and in the Little Missenden Festival.
Recent concerts include a solo appearance at the Barbican Hall playing James Macmillans' piano sonata, a lunchtime recital in St David's Hall Cardiff with cellist Liubov Ulybysheva as part of Duo Margess, as well as a concert tour to France performing Stravinsky's Les Noces and the world premiere of Michael Finnissy's First Piano Quartet with the Da Capo string trio. In October 2010 James was awarded second prize in the 8th British Contemporary Piano competition and future engagements include a return to the Barbican in January performing solo piano works by Jonathan Harvey, as well as the Stravinsky Concerto at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on October 19th.