James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning prizes for orchestral, solo and chamber music performances. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medals and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.
In 1995 he was a Park Lane Group Young Artist, performing at the Purcell Room in a recital which included the world premiere of "The Colour of Pomegranates” for alto flute and piano, written for him by the leading British composer Julian Anderson.
In 1997 he was appointed principal flute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London. He has appeared with them as a soloist many times including concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, many European cities and tours across Australia and South Korea.
He has performed as principal flute of the CAMus Sinfonietta, Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London and as a member of L' Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble.
Over the last twenty years he has appeared in numerous recitals in venues across London. He also appears on many recordings both with his own band and as a guest performer, and has given live radio and TV broadcasts. In December 2016 he gave a series of recitals in the USA, and has recently been invited to perform for both the British Flute Society and the Norwegian Flute Festival. He returns to Norway in November to appear in recital with Tom Ottar Andreassen, principal flute of the Oslo Philharmonic. Next year sees the release of his debut solo album of English works for flute with the pianist Oliver Davies on the MPR label, a return trip to the USA for more recitals, chamber music concerts and masterclasses, as well as other recitals planned in Oslo and London.