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James Pillai

James Pillai is the French horn player for Riverside Brass Quintet. Our instrumentalists are all professionally trained, so if you want to hire musicians individually, do get in touch.

James’ interest in brass playing started at an early age, taking up the tenor horn at just 7 years old. At 10 he moved onto the French horn, soon joining the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department where he studied with Susan Dent for 4 years. This ultimately led to him gaining a scholarship to the RCM where he studied with Simon Rayner, Nigel Black and John Ryan. James graduated from the RCM in July 2013.

Much in demand as an orchestral musician, James performs regularly with all of London’s major orchestras, including London Symphony, BBC Symphony and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

James also has a keen interest in chamber music, performing regularly at festivals around the UK.

Away from the horn, James can often be spotted running (probably more like fast walking) up and down the hills of Hampstead Heath!

Looking to hire musicians or hire a French horn player? You can contact James directly at:


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