james clark, biography

James Clark, FRNCM

James Clark’s musical career reflects a wide variety of accomplishment. He has played chamber music with, amongst others, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Pletnev, Steven Isserlis, Michael Collins, Adrian Brendel and Simon Trpceski. He has toured the world with the Endellion Quartet and the Raphael Ensemble, and as Leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has led every major symphony orchestra in the UK holding leading positions with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra for 11 years, and the last 12 years with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also Guest-Led the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich.

James Clark is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he teaches. He also gives Masterclasses on Orchestra Leadership and in Chamber Music with advanced students from the major music colleges in Britain

As a recitalist and soloist, he has given some 30 radio broadcasts and appears on discs as diverse as Bach Concertos, Messiaen, Alkan and Maxwell Davies. His recording of Vaughan William’s Lark Ascending with the RLPO is often heard on Classic FM. His chamber music discs include Brahms and Dvorak Sextets, Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten String Quartets.

As a conductor, James has worked with the Philharmonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra amongst others. He has conducted a series of concerts of the music of the Strauss family with the RLPO and Classic FM’s John Suchet. He has also visited Venezuela several times to teach as part of El Sistema, and to conduct the Simon Bolivar Orchestra at the invitation of Gustavo Dudamel.

As a Chorister at King’s College Cambridge, he sang solo at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Radio 3’s Building Library recently chose the 1972 recording of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols as their recommended version with James singing Treble Solo.