James Larter

Percussionist and multi- instrumentalist James Larter has always been obsessed with rhythm; whether it be the roaring sound of Brazilian Samba or the intricate palette of the Contemporary classical repertoire, music that makes people move is a passion. 

 Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, winning awards from the ESU, New York Philharmonic and Yamaha Foundation he is an in-demand session musician, soloist and composer and has played with a wide variety of groups and artists from Sampha and Gang of Youths to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, St Petersburg Ballet, English National Opera and the Philharmonia. James has also performed Richard Rodney-Bennett’s Marimba Concerto live on BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of John Wilson and has featured at the Royal Festival Hall, as the soloist in ‘The Bloodless Giant’. 

Awards include the Peter Morrison Concerto prize and the RCM Percussion Prize, the Yamaha European Scholarship, the Royal Overseas’ League Sussex Award and the Norman Butler English Speaking Union scholarship.  

He is published on Bachovich Publications and his debut album ‘Polarity’ was released in 2021. Most recently, he was selected as an Acoustic Percussion Signature Artist and a 2021 City Music Foundation Artist.