James Rapport was born in Los Angeles, California, and began his studies of double bass there with Ray Siegel, and then studied at the Indiana University School of Music under Professor Murray Grodner and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors. After working in the Jalapa Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the University of Veracruz (Mexico), the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, he went to the Academy of Music in Vienna for intensive studies with Professor Ludwig Streicher, which he also concluded with a Diploma with Honors awarded by unanimous vote. Shortly afterwards, he finished his pedagogic studies by passing the Austrian State Teaching Examination.
He appears regularly as soloist with orchestras and in recitals. Performances as soloist have taken place in major concert halls such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile, among others. He has already performed over 100 works for solo double bass, including over 30 works which were written for him.
Since 2001, he has been a member of the faculty of the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna. He has taught as visiting professor at, among other places, Foundation of Youth and Childrens’ Orchestras of Chile in Santiago, Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Music Institute of the Catholic University of Chile in Valparaiso, University of Chile in Santiago, Academy of the Arts of the South, Castro, Chile, Laurencia Contreras Lema Conservatory of Music of the Bio-Bio University in Concepcion, Chile, Academy of Art of Ancud, Chile, House of Culture of Rancagua, Chile, Rosario School of Music as well as University of Rosario (Argentina), Fürth School of Music (Germany) AUDEM School of Music (Montvideo, Uruguay), National Conservatory of Music (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the youth music festival “Campamento Musical” (“Musical Camping”) in Valdivia (Chile). He also guest performs as a chamber and orchestra musician with many various ensembles, ranging in size from string quartet, salon orchestra, and chamber orchestra up to symphony orchestra.