James Lyon, violin


Praised as “a dramatic violin soloist,” James Lyon has been lauded by the press for his “virtually definitive performance” of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major. He has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a member of the Castalia Trio and Duo Concertant, and has presented masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, the Paris Conservatory, and at the Eastman School of Music. He is grateful for the opportunities he’s had to perform throughout the world, including in Amman, Jordan, Cheju South Korea, Nairobi, Kenya, and Salvador, Brazil. He has collaborated in performances with members of the Ying and Tokyo Quartets, as well as members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. Prior to his appointment at Penn State, Lyon was a member of the Harrington Quartet, 1987 Grand Prize Winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Artists-in Residence at West Texas State University. He has been honored to receive teaching awards from the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teacher’s Association and the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching from Penn State, where he was also selected for the inaugural class of Schreyer Distinguished Honors Professors (2011-2014). His recordings are available worldwide through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon, and include works by prominent women composers of the 19th century. His recording with the Castalia Trio of trios by Brahms and Ravel was honored with the Sound Stage Award shortly after it was released on Skrvna Records in the Czech Republic.

James Lyon is a professor of music at Penn State, and is a member of the violin and chamber music faculty at the Wintergreen Academy in Virginia. He performs on the ex. Ray Walker 1869 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, as well a 1983 violin crafted by American luthier David Burgess. He is married to cellist Carol Purdy Lyon and resides in Boalsburg, PA.