James Sherlock is Assistant Conductor of the Finnish Radio Orchestra. Over the past year he has made debuts conducting the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Ensemble Nyky, working regularly with artists as diverse as Angelika Kirchschlager and Dame Shirley Bassey. He was selected by the London Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras as the young British conductor to take part in their International Artists Academy in Berlin and Aix-en-Provence.
He continues to perform as a pianist alongside some of the most important vocal artists of our time include Dame Felicity Lott, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sir Thomas Allen, Toby Spence, Dame Sarah Connolly and Dame Shirley Bassey, for whom he has acted as Musical Director. This has taken him to diverse venues including the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie, Barbican and Wigmore Halls, the Schubertiade Schwzarzenberg and the Musikgebouw Amsterdam.
James won top prizes at the Royal Overseas League Competition, Das Lied International Song Competition, BBC Performing Arts Trust, the Award for Young Concert Artists and Gold Medal at the Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition. He studied at the Sibelius Academy, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity College Cambridge, the Georg Solti Accademia and the Franz Schubert Institut. His teachers have included Sakari Oramo, Jorma Panula, Hannu Lintu, Atso Almila, Graham Johnson, Ronan O’Hora and Joan Havill.