"...violinist James Gallagher gave a virtuosic and elegantly inflected account of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's Annunciation..."
-- Dallas Morning News, December 6, 2008
At the late age of fourteen, James Gallagher received a long awaited answer to prayer when he acquired a ninety dollar violin bought with money mostly borrowed from his brother and began teaching himself to play. Eventually receiving formal music training, James debuted as soloist in a performance of his own original composition with Lord's Strings youth orchestra in Dallas a year later at the age of fifteen. James soon became fascinated with the sound of historical instruments through recordings and for a time all but forsook the modern violin for the baroque violin. After being taken under the pedagogic wing of virtuoso baroque violinist Clare Adkins Cason, James launched a professional baroque violin career at the age of nineteen. His first professional engagements were with Texas Baroque Ensemble and Texas Camerata and after receiving coaching from the likes of baroque violin greats Simon Standage and Cynthia Roberts, new opportunities arose.
James has since performed with orchestras across the nation including Concert Royal in New York City and Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and has concertmastered for Dallas Bach Society, New Trinity Baroque in Atlanta and Orchestra of New Spain in Dallas. James' solo appearances have been described by the Dallas Morning News as "suave and stylish" (2004), "virtuosic and elegantly inflected" (2008), and "performed brilliantly and dramatically" (2012). Career highlights also include appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the semi-finals of Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City and entertaining public figures Jerry Jones, Ross Perot and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía of Spain.
Improvisation has always been a favorite pastime for James and he has been known to extemporize original compositions live in concert whenever given the opportunity. James recently relocated to rural West Tennessee where he and his beautiful wife are raising four children while the eagles soar overhead and the deer can be seen peacefully drinking from the misty pond each morning.