Judd James, conductor

Judd James, conductor

British-born conductor James Judd recently stepped down as music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Judd brought the orchestra to international acclaim through a series of recordings for Naxos and appearances at the 2000 Summer Sydney Olympic Arts Festival as well as a special Millennium Concert with Kiri Te Kanawa. He led the orchestra on its first ever tour of the major concert halls of Europe culminating with a debut appearance at the BBC Proms in the summer of 2005.
 A graduate of London’s Trinity College of Music, James Judd came to international attention as the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra. Four years later he was appointed Associate Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado, an ensemble with which he continues to serve as an honorary Artistic Director. Since then he has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and has conducted in the great concert halls of Europe, including the Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna’s Musikverein. He has made guest appearances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and others.
As an opera conductor, he has appeared many times with the English National Opera and at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in La Cenerentola (Rossini). Judd conducts all of the major British ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the English Chamber Orchestra. He was co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he has led on tours throughout the United States, the Far East and Europe and he regularly conducts many of the major orchestras in North America.
 A widely-recorded artist, James Judd’s live recordings of Mahler’s Symphonies No. 9 with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and No. 10 with the European Community Youth Orchestra received enthusiastic international praise.
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