James Budinich composes music inspired by minimalism, Croatian folk traditions, and American popular music. He has written for orchestra, voice, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and electronics.
He has collaborated with Lindsay Brown (Love’s Lost Words for mezzo-soprano, cello, and piano), Samuel Rolfe (By the Light of Day for solo flute), and Stacey Geyer (Separate Realities for soprano, viola, and fixed electronics). Recently he was commissioned to compose a new work for Ensemble Móbile; the resulting trio (Embrace for flute, violin, and guitar) was premiered in Brazil as part of their 2017-18 season. He has worked with ensembles such as the Momenta Quartet, Yarn/Wire, the Lontano Ensemble, and Roomful of Teeth.
James is currently studying towards his PhD in Composition at Duke University, and previously earned his Master of Music in Composition from Binghamton University. His mentors include Stephen Jaffe, Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears, and Chris Arrell.