Currently serving in his sixth season as principal cellist of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, James Carney has performed extensively in orchestras, as a chamber musician, and as a soloist both in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to recently serving as interim principal cellist for the New Mexico Philharmonic, James has previously been a member of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Warren Orchestra, and Greenville Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Carney has been featured as guest soloist with the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra in a performance of Samuel Zyman's 'Canto a la Musica', Haydn's Concerto in D Major with the UTEP Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Haydn's Concerto in C Major with the Dana School of Music Orchestra.

James thoroughly enjoys chamber music, and when not busy with orchestral work, enjoys rehearsing and performing chamber works of many styles. He is a founding member of Camerata Del Sol, a Las Cruces-based ensemble dedicated to bringing unique chamber orchestra experiences to the surrounding community. In addition, he has collaborated with members of the La Catrina String Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, and former members of the Pittsburgh Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra.

Mr. Carney has studied with world-class soloists and orchestral players, including Zuill Bailey, Michael Gelfand, David Premo, and Charlotta Ross. While still a student, he appeared in masterclasses for esteemed cellists and pedagogues Zuill Bailey, Richard Aaron, Sharon Robinson, and Alison Wells.

When not performing, Mr. Carney is busy teaching his active studio of El Paso-area cello students. He also enjoys woodworking, and has recently completed a degree in computer science, with a desire to some day write software that will help both music students and professionals achieve at the highest level.