Simon James

Australian violinist, Simon James, Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is in demand as a guest teacher throughout the US and Canada and in the UK, Australia, Singapore, China, and Australia. In the summer he can be found teaching at Center Stage Strings, the Cambridge and Liberec International String Academies, Encore Chamber Music Festival, and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program. Mr. James has headed the Coleman Studio his students have won several national and international  competitions including the Menuhin Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, MTNA National Competition, and were laureates at Spohr, Kochian, Johansen, Grumiaux, Il Piccolo Violino Magico, and Postacchini International Competitions. His students have been featured numerous times on NPR’s “From the Top” and have received scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundations.

The SA’OAXACA festival thanks Simon James for his generous support and contribution to our organization. As we continue on our mission to provide high-quality educational opportunities to disciplined and talented young musicians in Mexico, all of our donors and patrons become a part of changing the lives of pre-professional musicians who may be affected by difficult financial situations. Your contribution helps bridge the gap between these deserving players and excellent string pedagogy. The entire SA’OAXACA family thanks you!

William Harris Lee & Co.

Since our founding in 1978, William Harris Lee and Company has grown to become the world’s largest and most respected maker of fine stringed instruments. In our shop on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, our master luthiers craft violins, violas, and cellos of incomparable quality, using tools and techniques that have been passed down through centuries of violin-making traditions. We also have a selection of fine antique instruments from some of history’s most illustrious makers and an outstanding collection of new and antique bows. 


W. H. Lee's Educational Strings Department is devoted to providing teachers, students, and their parents with instruments for both rental and sale that are affordable and uncompromising in quality. And of course, we have an extensive selection of cases, strings and accessories, assuring that William Harris Lee and Company is your only source for all of your string playing needs.