Founded on his thorough training in both Russia and Germany, British conductor James Ham is building a reputation across the orchestral, opera and ballet repertoire for his wealth of ideas, versatility and deep musical insight.
Recent and future performances include concerts with the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker, Ensemble Modern Akademie, Gibraltar Philharmonic and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the theatre, Ham has conducted performances of Britten’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro" and Puccini’s "Il Tabarro" and "Tosca". In 2020, he was assistant conductor to Wayne Marshall on Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess" at the Theater an der Wien, and Anthony Bramall on Verdi’s "Rigoletto" at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. He has previously assisted on productions of Donizetti’s "L’Assedio di Calais" and Handel’s "Belshazzar", and conducted in workshops with the Komische Oper Berlin, Magdeburg Theater and Staatsoper Cottbus. With Birmingham Royal Ballet, as Conducting Fellow, he conducted several performances of "The Nutcracker", "Coppélia" and "The Grand Tour" both in Birmingham and on tour.
Ham has a keen interest in contemporary music, based on specialist training as a conductor with the London Sinfonietta Academy, Ensemble Modern Akademie and Lucerne Festival Academy, where he was Conducting Fellow in 2016. His formative training was at the St Petersburg Conservatory and UdK Berlin, establishing his interest in German and Russian music from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with that of central Europe. During his studies he was selected to participate in international masterclasses with Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, Martyn Brabbins, Johannes Schlaefli and Nicolas Pasquet, conducting orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. James has assisted Sakari Oramo on a number of projects and has also assisted Karel Mark Chichon with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie on several occasions. Other conductors he has assisted include Sir Mark Elder, Garry Walker and Martin André. Immediately following his studies he was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Music Fellowship and the Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.