James Ham

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Conductor

Location: London

Website: jamesham.net

James Ham studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. Recent and future performances include concerts with the Magdeburg Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern Akademie, London Sinfonietta Academy and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 2013-14, he was Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet during which time he led several performances in Birmingham and on tour. James held the Charles Mackerras Junior Conducting Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire from 2013-15 and he was Conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy for 2016. He is currently Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project.

Since 2016, James has been mentored by Sakari Oramo and has assisted him on 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. He has studied in international masterclasses with Sir Colin Davis, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki and Martyn Brabbins, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the process. Other orchestras James has conducted include the Bochum Symphoniker, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Jena Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra do Algarve, Lucerne Festival Strings and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

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.