James Ham studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. Recent and future performances include concerts with the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Ensemble Modern Akademie, Gibraltar Philharmonic and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was Conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy for 2016 and held the Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire from 2013-15. From 2013-14, he was Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet during which time he led several performances in Birmingham and on tour. He is currently Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project, a chamber orchestra which he co-founded along with Stephen Bryant, concertmaster of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Recent opera performances include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Il Tabarro and Le Nozze di Figaro. James was also assistant conductor on English Touring Opera’s L’Assedio di Calais and has conducted workshops with the Komische Oper Berlin, Magdeburg Theater and Staatsoper Cottbus.
Other orchestras James has conducted include the Bochum Symphoniker, Jena Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Algarve, Lucerne Festival Strings and New London Orchestra. Since 2016, James has assisted Sakari Oramo on a number of projects with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has also assisted Karel Mark Chichon with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie.
James studied in international masterclasses with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Martyn Brabbins, Roger Norrington, Johannes Schlaefli and Nicolas Pasquet, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, London Sinfonietta and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the process. During his studies, James also recieved specialist training in contemporary music as a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, London Sinfonietta Academy and with the Ensemble Modern Academy.
In 2013, James was awarded a prestigious BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship. He is currently a Help Musicians UK supported artist and has also received awards from the Tillett Trust.