James Doig

James Doig obtained a Bachelor in Music Performance at the Australian School of Music where he studied piano and conducting. He later studied harpsichord with Huguette Brassine and voice with Jan Del Pratt as part of a Bachelor in Vocal Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium. James then completed a Masters of Music in Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium, specialising in early keyboard with Neal Peres Da Costa.

James performs regularly as an instrumentalist and singer with professional and semi-professional ensembles. He sings oratorio, opera and lieder, and also works as a cantor, singing chant and sacred polyphony. As a chorister, James has sung with the Song Company, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Omega Ensemble, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

James is the musical director at St Michael’s (Belfield), Our Lady of the Assumption (Homebush) and the assistant musical director at Sacred Heart (Mosman). He is harpsichordist in residence for the Greater Sydney Orchestra and a regular guest harpsichordist for the Sydney Bach Society.

In 2012, James founded Prima Luce. The ensemble has toured extensively through Europe and rural Australia and has released four CDs, selling over 4,000 disks. 

In 2014, James was highly commended in a conducting competition with the London Classical Soloists. In 2017, he was also chosen to partake in the finals of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Oratorio Competition in Melbourne. In 2019, James performed the Brandenburg Concerto no 5 with SQO orchestral leader Warwick Adeney.

James has worked under conductors such as Johannes Fritsch, Richard Bonynge, Paul Dyer, Stephen Moore, Thomas Wilson, Dr Neil McEwan, Ronald Smart and Eduardo Diazmuñoz.

Featured in:


Man playing piano.

James Doig at Elizabeth Bay House. Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums