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James Ross studied history and music at Oxford University, with a doctorate in opera in the French Third Republic. He was a 1998 BBC Conducting Competition finalist and has conducted over 850 works in fifteen countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
He is Music Director of several UK orchestras and choruses, with extensive opera, oratorio, contemporary music and studio experience internationally. He has published widely, including in several books and international music journals. He has taught at Oxford University and been a guest lecturer at the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Symphonic repertoire highlights include Beethoven, Symphonies 1-8; Schubert, 2-9; Mendelssohn 1-5; Schumann 1,3,4; Brahms 1-4; Dvorák 4-8, Tchaikovsky 1-6; Mahler 1,2,6; Shostakovich 5,10,11; Suk, Asrael; Stravinsky, Firebird and The Rite of Spring; Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire; Janácek, Sinfonietta; Bartók, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, works by Boulez and Stockhausen, and numerous first performances.
Operas include Bizet, Carmen; Britten, The Turn of the Screw; Mozart, Idomeneo; Le nozze di Figaro; Tchaikovsky, Yevgenii Onegin; Verdi, Nabucco.
Oratorios include J.S. Bach, St John's Passion; Elgar, The Dream of Gerontius and The Music-Makers; Handel, Judas Maccabaeus; Messiah and Solomon; Haydn, Creation and Seasons, Mendelssohn, Elijah, and Requiems by Brahms, Duruflé, Fauré and Mozart.