James Cunningham IV

Bachelor of Music
Performance; Viola

James Cunningham IV is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied viola performance with Yizhak Schotten. Freshman year, Jimmy sat principal viola in the University Philharmonia Orchestra, then sophomore year co-principal viola in the University Symphony Orchestra. During undergrad, he was a member of the Bagatov, Ajax, and Brookside Quartets; as well as the Fitumi Quartet and Baroque Chamber Orchestra on baroque viola. Summers 2018 and 2019, he studied with Victoria Chiang and James Dunham as an Orchestral Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival School, and returns this summer 2021. In 2017, he toured Spain as principal viola of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Summer 2016, Jimmy made his Carnegie Hall debut with conductor Christoph Eschenbach as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, followed by a European tour with conductor Valery Gergiev. Fall 2016, he debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), playing the Telemann Concerto alongside his teacher, PSO Violist Marylene Gingras-Roy. An avid chamber musician, Jimmy has performed throughout PA, NY, OH, and MI in several award-winning quartets. He attended Credo Chamber Music at Oberlin Conservatory in 2014 and 2015, and spent several summers studying at Chautauqua, NY.