James Gary, professional pianist & teacher, has served as Music Director for the San Francisco Pacific Musical
Society and the Junior Bach Festival of Berkeley as well as the Music Director and Conductor for
the Mozart Festival of Alameda. In these capacities he as worked with both professionals and students
bringing performance opportunities to thousands of young artists and for established professional
Over the past thirty years, he has had the happy duty to oversee the distribution of hundreds of
thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to deserving students in the San Francisco Bay Area. A
James Denver Gary $5000 Young Artist Scholarship is awarded annually.
As Professor of Piano at the Music and Arts Institute of San Francisco, Mr. Gary taught students
seeking a degree in applied music and also developed a special program for children ages 4 to 6
for the junior department.
As a private instructor, Mr. Gary has had the privelage to teach many fine students, helping to
prepare many of them for numerous competitions around the US, many of them winning thousands of dollars
in scholarship monies.
Mr. Gary has been blessed with a number of fine teachers. Long study with Samuel Pendleton,
and advocate of the internationally respected Tobias Matthay and a member of the Matthay Society .
Extensive study with International Tchaikowsky Piano Competition Laurate Winner Roy Bogas, and
special study with Arthur Fiedler, Lili Kraus, and Rosina Lhevinne .
He has appeared on various national radio and television shows presenting special, rarely heard
or performed works by Mozart. Both Mr. Gary and his pianist and teacher wife, Rufina Gary, performed
in a special performance with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in a memorial concert to
commemorate the untimely death of conductor Calvin Simmons . They are featured in a recently
released book " One Minute Super Stars" for their unusual talent of performing on Music Glasses.
These talents were also showcased in a television commercial for Earnest and Julio Gallo Wineries.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary are the parents of four sons. The eldest, Brian Gary, Realtor and Broker, and also is the Music Director at Community Life Fellowship www.CommunityLifeFellowship.com, previously the keyboard player for Country Music's Linda Davis Chely Wright, Rhett Akins and Christian Artists Carman, FFH, 4Him, Wayne Watson, The Derins and others. Prior to this, for 8 years he played keyboards for Classic Rock & Roller Eddie Money, and has been performing publicly from age 4.