James W. Iman is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music. He holds an MA in Piano Performance and a BA in Music History and Piano Performance from the university. While at IUP he studied piano with Dr. Judith Radell (a student of Soulima Stravinsky) and Dr. James Staples (a student of Irwin Freundlich). Additionally he has performed in and audited Master Classes by Eugene Alcalay, Paavali Jumppanen and Vladimir Feltsman.
He has distinguished himself as a pianist who fully embraces the music of Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century composers. His passion in this area has led to performance of works from the Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Webern and Berg), the New York School (Cage, Feldman and Brown), and the Darmstadt School (Stockhausen and Boulez), with a particular interest in the realization of graphic scores (Bussotti and Boucourechliev).
In 2009 James moved to the greater Pittsburgh area to share his passion for music through teaching piano privately. He maintains a studio of over 30 students of all ages and skill levels and is a member of the Pittsburgh Piano Teachers Association. In addition to teaching he also blogs about music and aesthetics and maintains a YouTube channel where he uploads performances of his chosen repertoire.