Praised by Stephen Robinson for playing with “great expression and feeling”, guitarist James Van

Druten has delighted audiences with his mature and refined style of playing. James is currently

completing a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance with world-renowned guitarist Stephen

Robinson at Stetson University. He has won numerous awards including Third Prize in Division

II of the 2009 Appalachian State Guitar Festival and Second Prize in the 7th Annual Marilyn

Newell Youth Music Festival. He was also a Semifinalist in the 2011 Rosario International

Guitar Competition. James has performed in master classes given by some of the world’s most

distinguished guitarists including Manuel Barrueco, Denis Azabagic, Rafael Padron, Rene

Gonzalez, and Douglas James. He has given many solo recital performances throughout his time

at Stetson. As a chamber musician, James has had the pleasure of being a member of Stetson

University’s Guitar Ensemble, and has collaborated extensively with soprano Elizabeth Galafa,

performing works by Fredrico García Lorca and Manuel de Falla.

Equally comfortable away from the concert stage, James has served as a teaching assistant to Dr.

Stephen Robinson, learning valuable tools on how to approach teaching in a university setting.

He also serves as Guitar Representative for Stetson University’s School of Music Student

Advisory Council. As a member of the university’s recording crew, James records and engineers

live performances held on campus. Upon graduation in May 2013, James will pursue a Master of Music

in guitar performance at Appalachian State University and looks forward to furthering his dream of becoming

a touring concert artist.

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