James Budinich (b. 1990) grew up surrounded by a mix of Croatian folk music, Jazz pianists, such as Thelonious Monk and Bill Evans, and the driving rock guitar of groups like Led Zeppelin. After a few years of playing in rock bands out of friends’ garages, he went off to college, where he discovered the world of classical music. James is currently working towards his Master of Music in Composition at Binghamton University, studying with Daniel Thomas Davis. He has previously studied privately with Jared Miller, and also with Chris Arrell and Osvaldo Golijov at the College of the Holy Cross, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts. He has worked with ensembles such as the Momenta Quartet, Lontano Ensemble, Roomful of Teeth, and Yarn/Wire, and he participated in the 2015 fresh inc. festival, where he studied with Stacy Garrop.
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