Awarded the OBE in 1979, and subsequently a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001, Sir James Galway has been the recipient of many honours and awards for his musical accomplishments. These include Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Gramophone (2014), the Classic Brits (2005), and the National Concert Hall Dublin (2013), the Grammy President’s Merit Award (2004), and addition to The Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame (2008) – as well as numerous gold and platinum recordings. In celebration of Sir James’ legacy to music, Sony Classics has honoured the ‘Man with the Golden Flute’ with the release of a special box-set containing all 71 of his Sony/RCA CDs.
As well as furthering the flute’s profile through repertoire commissions, Sir James has also published a number of articles, flute studies and books. He has collaborated with top flute-makers, Nagahara Flutes of Boston, who have created a special ‘James Galway Nagahara Flute Series’, and – to mark their 125th Anniversary – William S. Haynes also produced a James Galway Q Series flute.
Alongside his busy performing schedule, Galway devotes much of his free time to educational outreach programmes. These include the Galway Flute Festivals held around the world, and his own online flute community: First Flute (www.firstflute.com). Launched December 2013, the First Flute network allows students, teachers and music lovers first-hand access to Sir James’ expertise. Galway also gives a great deal of time to charitable organisations, including SOS, FARA, Future Talent, Youth Music (UK), The Caron Keating Foundation, Lorin Maazel’s Châteauxville Foundation, and the Shimon Peres Peace Center educational project – as well as UNICEF, for whom he is a Special Representative. He is also Ambassador to the European Brain Council.
Sir James lives with his wife and family in Switzerland.