James Beck


Can art save us?


Art is an ongoing, integral expression of the human state. We will be creating, receiving, participating and interpreting art (sometimes without even realising it) for as long as we are sentient human beings. But will it save us…. Who can say?

Short Bio

James Beck (Artistic Director, Sydney Art Quartet) studied cello performance at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Western Australia & Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a cellist of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (1999—2012), James performed in many of the major cultural institutions and concert halls of Australia, UK, France & Germany.

He is featured on the Brandenburg’s ARIA Awards for Best Classical Release (2010, 2009, 2005). James also performs with Pinchgut Opera, Sinfonia Australis, Ironwood, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

James founded the Art Quartet in 2015 to weave ancient and contemporary stories in art music and associated art forms, creating concert events that touch multiple senses and cultures.

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