James Long was born in 1987 in London and grew up in Sussex. He attended the Royal College of Music (RCM) Junior Department from 1999 to 2006, studying piano with Thalia Myers and composition with Avril Anderson. During his time there, he won two Joan Weller Composition Prizes, the Esther Coleman Prize for outstanding contribution, and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year 2005. He then read Music at King's College, Cambridge, studying composition with Giles Swayne, and maintaining a busy performance schedule. James graduated in 2009 and won the Arthur Bliss Prize, before spending some time working freelance as a composer and pianist. Commissions include three choral works for St John’s College, Cambridge, a string quartet for the Elias Fawcett Trust, and a short piece published by ABRSM. He returned to the RCM in 2011 for postgraduate studies in composition under the tuition of Kenneth Hesketh. James is now based in London and works as an accompanist, soloist, repetiteur and composer in the UK and abroad.