James Ham is Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project. He was Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet for 2013-14, during which time he led several performances in Birmingham and on tour, and the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Conservatoire from 2013-15. In 2016, he was Conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Recent and future performances include concerts with the Magdeburg Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern Akademie, London Sinfonietta Academy, London Orchestra Project and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Other orchestras James has conducted include the Brandenburg Symphoniker, Jena Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Algarve, Lucerne Festival Strings and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Recent opera performances have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Il Tabarro and Le Nozze di Figaro.
James studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory and in international masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Bernard Haitink, Gerd Albrecht and Martyn Brabbins, conducting sessions with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2016, he has been mentored by Sakari Oramo and has assisted him in a number of projects with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other conductors he has assisted include Karel Mark Chichon, Garry Walker, Nicholas Kraemer, Martin André and Kristjan Järvi.
In 2013, James was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship. He is currently a Help Musicians UK supported artist and has also received awards from the Tillett Trust and Barber Trust.