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James Judd

British born conductor James Judd is Music Director Emeritus of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Now based in the UK, he enjoys a busy career conducting many orchestral and operatic performances worldwide.

Recordings featuring James Judd

Prokofiev & Beethoven: Piano Concertos
Live recording of two major works

MMT2035, Released 2001
 

Biography

British born conductor James Judd has amassed an extensive collection of recordings on the Naxos label, including an unprecedented number in partnership with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he is Music Director Emeritus.

His previous directorships include Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille in France and a groundbreaking 14 years as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. During his eight years as Music Director in New Zealand, Judd garnered much acclaim for his recordings with the orchestra, including works by Copland, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin and many others.

A graduate of London’s Trinity College of Music, Judd came to international attention as the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, a post he accepted at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. Four years later, he returned to Europe after being appointed Associate Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado, and ensemble which he continues to serve as honorary Artistic Director.

Since that time, James Judd has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic, conducted in the great halls of Europe including the Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna’s Musikverein. He has made guest appearances with many of Europe's finest orchestras. As opera conductor, he has appeared with the English National Opera conducting productions of Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, and Le Nozze di Figaro; and at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. James judd also served as Artistic Director of the Florida Grand Opera from 1993- 1996. He made his U.S. opera debut in 1988 conducting Don Giovanni for that institution.

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. In North and South America he is a frequent and much- admired guest conductor, having appeared with the orchestras of St. Louis, Montreal, Baltimore, Cincinnatti, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis, Utah, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.



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