Durkee has performed hundreds of Solo Guitar Recitals toured the USA and Japan and has been a featured performer with Symphony Orchestra. He has premiered a number of new compositions for the instrument. Contemporary composers have been inspired to dedicate works to him. James Durkee was a founding member of the Yakima Valley Classical Guitar society and held the office of president of the organization for an unprecedented five consecutive years. His students have earned the highest honors in national and state competitions. James Durkee holds a graduate certificate from G.I.T. and a B.M. in Classical Guitar Performance, Cum Laude, from Central Washington University where he heads the Guitar Department. He is also the Head of the Guitar Department at YVCC and WWC. Mr. Durkee is also in demand as an adjudicator and has officiated regional, state and national competitions. He studied classical guitar with Steven Novacek of the University of Washington and Tom Bourne at Central Washington University and performed in numerous master classes with world-renowned artists. While attending the Guitar Institute of Technology, he studied with such luminaries as Joe Pass and Howard Roberts. The Guitar Foundation of America's Soundboard Magazine reviewer wrote ...an artist of very high standards ...and ...classical guitar that sings! In Review of his 3rd disc:
"Durkee is precise - he takes on each piece dedicated to the music, the notes, and it's clear his focus is on the integrity of the piece as a
whole."earbuzz.com "A modern masterpiece of classical guitar performance." 20th Century Guitar Magazine
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