James Ham is Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project – a new chamber orchestra featuring players from London’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony and English Chamber Orchestra, alongside outstanding recent graduates from London’s music colleges. He also acts as assistant to Sakari Oramo for projects in London and elsewhere.
James 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. Other recent performances include the New London Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, City of London Festival, Valletta Chamber Orchestra and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. James has also conducted orchestras in Germany, Portugal, Cyprus, Romania, Switzerland, India, Hong Kong and Russia. Recent opera performances have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Il Tabarro and Le Nozze di Figaro. He was assistant conductor on English Touring Opera’s production of L’Assedio di Calais and also the world premiere of The Anatomy of Melancholy.
James studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. He has also benefitted from international masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Gerd Albrecht and Martyn Brabbins, conducting some of the UK’s finest orchestras in the process, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductors he has assisted include Sakari Oramo, 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.