James Pensini started learning the trumpet in Year 5 when the trumpet was the only instrument left at school band tryouts! James continued to play trumpet throughout high school and joined the SYO family in 2000 as a member of the Peter Seymour Orchestra. In 2003 James moved to the Sydney Conservatorium High School to further his studies.
James studied for his Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated in 2008. Whilst at the Conservatorium James had the opportunity to study conducting under Henryk Pisarek, a former Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Sydney Youth Orchestras.
As a trumpet player James toured in 2005 as Lead Trumpet of the Australian Youth All-Star Big Band on their tour to the United States of America including performances at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2006 James toured as Associate Principal Trumpet of the SYO Flagship Orchestra to Spain and Portugal and in 2007 James toured as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Australian Youth Orchestra in their 50th anniversary year tour to Europe.
James has twice been part of the Symphony Australia conducting course for music educators as well as completing courses in conducting with the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association and NSW Department of Education. James is incredibly passionate about music education and has been engaged as a Conductor and Tutor for many of the finest Instrumental Music Programs run for young people at a school and representative level.
2017 is James’ sixth year leading the SYO Symphonic Wind Orchestra and along with the Symphonic Wind Orchestra, James will also conduct the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and SYO European Tour Orchestra in 2017. Outside of SYO James is currently Head of Brass, Woodwind and Percussion/Head of Bands at St Aloysius’ College, Milsons Point.