JAMES JUDD came to international attention as the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. Four years later he was appointed Associate Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado. Since then he has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, ViennaSymphony, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Prague Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. In the Far East, he works regularly with Tokyo's NHK Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. Dedication to the development of young musicians and a passionate belief in the transformative power of music have inspired him. Since 2007 he has been Principal Conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO), an ensemble of the most gifted musicians from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. For more than twenty years the AYO has brought these young musicians across political, social and religious boundaries to perform with some of the finest conductors and soloists in the world. The highly successful Miami Music Project, which he founded in 2008, uses music on El Sistema lines as an instrument for social transformation, enabling children to achieve their full potential while positively influencing their society through the study and performance of music.
His repertoire list reads like the index to a musical encyclopaedia, which is why we haven't detailed it here. No musical challenge is too great for him!
James Judd is well known, one of the best conductors around, and the Royal Liverpool Band plays with suavity and a lot of tonal beauty. A very enjoyable disc indeed, recorded in Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall with great clarity and depth. Audiophile 13 November 2012
On ne peut qu'admirer la précision mathématique, quasi miraculeuse, du chef d'orchestre britannique James Judd : pas un décalage dans les rangs, choraux ou instrumentaux, pas un raté dans les enchaînements avec la musique enregistrée.
One can only admire the mathematical precision, almost miraculous, of the British conductor James Judd: not a single displacement in the ranks, choral or instrumental, not a single failure in the sequences with recorded music. (Bernstein 'Mass', Festival de Radio France) Le Monde, 15 July 2013
L'orchestra si comporta molto bene sotto la guida di James Judd, che mentre batte il tempo non si dimentica di "disegnare" le emozioni che l'orchestra deve "dipingere".
The orchestra (Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome) performs very well under the leadership of James Judd, who, while beating time does not forget to design the emotions that the orchestra must paint. &"