James Mountain is a Sydney-based composer and performer. In 2018 he attained a Bachelors Degree (with Honours) in Music, majoring in composition, from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music studying under Associate Professor Stuart Greenbaum, Dr Katy Abbott-Kvasnica, Dr Miriama Young and Dr Elliott Gyger. Since 2019, James has been undertaking his Masters in Arts - Screen: Music at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), specialising in film scoring.
In January 2014, James composed and performed a solo guitar soundtrack for renowned artist Helen Fitzgerald's instructional art DVD "Landscape Painting in Watercolour". In May 2014, he received the inaugural Wesley Composition Scholarship.
In early 2016, James was commissioned by New Zealand guitarist Dylan Solomon to write a four movement guitar sonata based on the artwork of Len Lye.
In August 2016, James's guitar solo Between Tall Trees won First Prize and the Emerging Composer Under 25 Award in the Matt Withers Composition Competition.
In December 2016, James was commissioned by guitarist Matt Withers to arrange "Spanish Romance" for guitar and orchestra. The Piece has been toured nationally by Withers and was performed by the Geelong Symphony Orchestra and the Woollahra Philharmonic.
In September 2017, his original musical Green Room was featured at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and won the R.M. Eggleston Literary Arts Competition.
In 2018, James was commissioned to write a piano solo - isimili - for Melbourne-based pianist David Coates which was premiered in June 2019.
From July 2019, James has been collaborating with The Cova Project - an Australian charity that works to provide benevolent relief to girls and women of reproductive age across the world who are experiencing poverty, suffering, distress and disadvantage due to lack of financial resources and access to basic necessities. James composes and records music for The Cova Project's promotional material across their social media platforms.