James Lent
Lecturer, Music Performance

Collaborative Piano;
Survey of Piano Literature

Pianist James Lent is Lecturer and Coordinator of Instrumental Collaborative Piano at UCLA in addition to serving as a coach and accompanist for vocal studies. James completed his DMA at the Yale School of Music under teachers Boris Berman, Claude Frank, and Peter Frankl. He made his Alabama Symphony debut to critical acclaim performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 on 24 hours’ notice to replace Andre Watts.

He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony, among others, and as solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he premiered a new work written for him by American composer Frederic Rzewski.

Lent has performed with the renowned Paris-based Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Pierre Boulez in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall, and his performances have been heard on National Public Radio.

His numerous awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center, the Olga Koussevitsky Piano Competition in New York, and the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition.He was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

Lent also teaches at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) as collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and musical director. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

UCLA Students win Frances Walton Competition and Tour Eastern Washington
EASTERN WASHINGTON STATE CONCERT TOUR Earlier this year, right around the end of spring, before the summer heat would melt any organism along the West Coast of America, Xiao Chen
Jan N. Baker
Associate Professor of Saxophone
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of the UCLA Opera Workshop
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor; Star-Studded Tribute LA Phil (April 2020)
Inna Faliks
Professor - Piano Performance and Keyboard Area Head
Terence Blanchard
Professor and Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies; LA Phil Guest Artist
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
James Bass
Professor - Director of Choral Studies
Denis Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance; Principal Flute LA Phil
William Kinderman
Professor -- Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Kevin McKeown
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Arturo O’Farrill
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Katherine Syer
Adjunct Associate Professor
Vladimir Chernov
Professor - Voice Performance
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
David Kaplan
Assistant Professor - Piano Performance
Movses Pogossian
Professor, Director of Armenian Music Program
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Antonio Lysy
Professor - Cello Performance and Strings Area Head
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor - Guitar Performance
Michael Dean
Professor, Voice Performance
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Paul Floyd
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sumner Arano
Lecturer - Reed Making, Bassoon
Jens Lindemann
Professor - Trumpet Performance and Brass Area Head
Peter Kazaras
Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Kenny Burrell
Distinguished Professor
Maria Fortuna Dean
Lecturer - Voice Performance
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Erin Bouriakov
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance; Principal Clarinet LA Phil
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor - Performance Studies
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance

Explore Other Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music History & Industry
Combining Musicology and the Music Industry minor for practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz