Dr. James Moat, violin
James Moat is currently a violinist with the Seattle based Skyros String Quartet, who he teaches and performs with on a regular basis. The Skyros Quartet currently serve as artistic directors for ECCHO, a program of Chamber Music Madness. ECCHO (Emerald City Chamber Music Organization) provides an opportunity for students in seven Seattle Public Schools to play chamber music regularly under the guidance of professional chamber musicians, at no cost to the student. James also holds a position as section leader with the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, an exciting and ground breaking ensemble that is formed by musicians of all ages and professions.
Dr. Moat graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance where he studied with Jerzy Kaplanek and members of the Penderecki String Quartet. He received a Master of Music in Classical Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick, Ireland in 2009. During his Masters studies, he performed abroad in Paris and Amsterdam, and conducted a research trip to visit the home of Jean Sibelius in Finland. James returned to Ottawa, Canada in 2009 to study with violinist David Stewart, concertmaster of Bergen Philharmonic, and spent his time there as a member of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 he accepted a position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for one season, and in 2012 James joined the Skyros Quartet and went on to earn his Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2017 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, under the guidance of the Chiara String Quartet.