James Kreiling’s solo career has focused on music of the early 20th century - in particular the piano works of Scriabin - as well as composers still living. This has led to performances in the major concert halls of London, notably as a soloist at the 2007 BBC Proms. In 2008 James became a Park Lane Group young artist with solo recitals at the Purcell Room and St Martin-in-the-Fields. More recently, James has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, presenting the music of Jonathan Harvey, David Matthews, Peter Eotvos, Thomas Ades and Pierre Boulez.
He recently completed a performance-based doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music focusing on Scriabin’s late piano sonatas, and in the last two years has recorded two discs encompassing the composer’s complete late piano music. Determined to bring Scriabin’s often misunderstood work to a wider public, he has experimented with presenting music in unusual formats and locations. He is a co-founder of Multiphonic Arts, mounting concerts which mix classical piano with other performance arts - poetry, drama and dance,
folk and jazz.
He has also performed throughout Europe and the UK in a piano duo with his wife, Janneke Brits. Highlights have included a tour of France with Stravinsky’s Les Noces as well as four-hand recitals at the En Blanc et Noir piano festival in Lagrasse, France, where the duo is now a regular fixture.