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Simon James

Australian violinist, Simon James, Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is in demand as a guest teacher throughout the US and Canada and in the UK, Australia, Singapore, China, and Australia. In the summer he can be found teaching at Center Stage Strings, the Cambridge and Liberec International String Academies, Encore Chamber Music Festival, and the Brian Lewis Young Artists Program. Mr. James has headed the Coleman Studio his students have won several national and international  competitions including the Menuhin Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, MTNA National Competition, and were laureates at Spohr, Kochian, Johansen, Grumiaux, Il Piccolo Violino Magico, and Postacchini International Competitions. His students have been featured numerous times on NPR’s “From the Top” and have received scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundations.

The SA’OAXACA festival thanks Simon James for his generous support and contribution to our organization. As we continue on our mission to provide high-quality educational opportunities to disciplined and talented young musicians in Mexico, all of our donors and patrons become a part of changing the lives of pre-professional musicians who may be affected by difficult financial situations. Your contribution helps bridge the gap between these deserving players and excellent string pedagogy. The entire SA’OAXACA family thanks you!

William Harris Lee & Co.

William Harris Lee & Company was established in 1978 as a wholesale supplier to violin makers and dealers manufacturing high-end accessories and materials. As we expanded to making fine string instruments, we developed an unmistakable style in sound and design which has revolutionized the industry.


Since our founding, William Harris Lee & Company has become the leading workshop in the tradition of the great violin houses which combines European craft and American ingenuity. As makers and dealers of fine string instruments, we focus on providing our community with incomparable value to meet the needs of every musician. Our shops employ a diverse team of experts and feature wide selections of instruments, bows, and accessories curated by our flagship location at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. It is our dream to generate world-class opportunities for the next generation and beyond.


It is our goal to offer instruments of the finest quality at every level. From the beginning we have recognized the need for exceptional value in tone and playability. Carefully sourced materials arrive to our workshop and are formed using proprietary methods to make uniquely crafted instruments. For over forty years, the luthiers at William Harris Lee & Co. have created remarkable string instruments which are enjoyed all over the world.


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