James Dutton studied at the Royal College of Music in London, winning several prizes for his performances of solo works, chamber music and contemporary repertoire. He has also been awarded two Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medals and a Fellowship in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.
As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, he gave a recital at the Purcell Room 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, published and available from Faber Music - as well as performances of works by Boulez, Maderna, Philip Wilby and Timothy Salter. He has also recently commissioned works from the composer Rob Stroh.
In 2018 he retired as principal flute of the Band of the Scots Guards in London after a career of over twenty years, during which he performed at venues across the world from music festivals and International Tattoos to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
He has performed as a soloist in many venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, the USA, South Korea and Australia.
He has performed as a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and was principal flute of the Showbiz Pops Orchestra, Cygnus Orchestra of London as well as a member of L'Anima di Musica and the Perspectives Ensemble. He was also for a number of years the flautist with the London Military Band.
Over the last twenty years he has appeared in numerous recitals, with repertoire ranging from the classic works to contemporary pieces. 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 was invited to perform for both the British Flute Society and the Norwegian Flute Festival in 2017. Later that year he appeared in recital with Tom Ottar Andreassen, principal flute of the Oslo Philharmonic.
In April 2018 he gave his solo recital debut in Oslo with Oliver Davies, and travelled to the USA in May 2018 for a week of recitals, solo performances with both orchestra and symphonic wind bands and masterclasses.
June 2018 saw the official release of his debut solo album of English works for flute together with the pianist Oliver Davies, on the MPR British Chamber Music Series (more information can be found on the CD tab above). It is exclusively distributed worldwide by the Naxos/Select Music Group and available on all platforms. The album inspired an hour-long programme on Classic FM exploring the flute repertoire, with tracks appearing alongside artists such as James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud.
Following his retirement from his job in London, he emigrated to Norway and now lives in Oslo.