Until the age of 14, James had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. Aged 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning to the piano, he has released seven albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts.
He has performed in some of the most prestigious venues around the globe, including London’s Roundhouse, The Royal Albert Hall, Teatro Real Madrid, Palau de la Música Barcelona, Musikverein Vienna and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. He has also taken part in major music and book festivals in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Chicago, Medellìn, Cartagena, Buenos Aires. He is one of the few classical artists to ever perform at outdoor festivals such as Latitude and Sonar.
In addition to writing regularly for UK newspapers and presenting radio documentaries and programs for BBC Radio 3 and Cadena SER in Spain, James has also appeared in and presented various television programs such as a Chopin documentary for BBC4 and his own television series James Rhodes: Piano Man on Sky Arts. He also presented the acclaimed television documentary “Notes for The Inside” which aired in August 2013 on Channel 4 in the UK.
In 2014 James filmed a two-part documentary for Channel 4 called ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ which gave schoolchildren the chance to learn a musical instrument by calling for an ‘instrument amnesty’ – a mission to collect unused musical instruments from around the country which raised over £1 million of instruments for primary schools in the UK.
His Sunday Times and international bestselling memoir, Instrumental, published by Canongate, is a brutally honest, moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the UK Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015. BBC Films have secured the rights for the screen adaption of Instrumental which is due for cinematic release in 2020. His second book, How to Play the Piano, promising to give anyone the tools they need in order to play a Bach prelude was published by Quercus Books in 2016 to great acclaim.
James has recently launched his new album and his third book, Fire On All Sides.
The book is an international bestseller and the new album went straight to the top of the classical charts.
FIRE ON ALL SIDES (Signum Classics)
Release date: January 2018
INSIDE TRACKS: THE MIX TAPE (Instrumental Records)
Release date: October 2015
FIVE (Signum Classics)
Release date: March 2010
JIMMY: JAMES RHODES LIVE IN BRIGHTON (Signum Classics)
Release date: May 2012
BULLETS & LULLABIES (WARNER BROS – WCJ)
Release date: December 2010
NOW WOULD ALL FREUDIANS PLEASE STAND ASIDE (Signum Records)
Release date: March 2010
RAZOR BLADES, LITTLE PILLS AND BIG PIANOS (Signum Records)
Release date: February 2009