James Sherlock’s passionate and fearless approach to both Contemporary music and the major orchestral literature place him at the forefront of emerging conductors. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and over the past season he has made debuts conducting the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Jyväskylä Sinfonia and Ensemble Nyky. 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, and works regularly as an assistant conductor at the Royal Danish Opera and the Opéra national de Paris.
A pianist by training, he continues to performs alongside many of today’s 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 and the Georg Solti Accademia. His teachers have included Atso Almila, Hannu Lintu, Sakari Oramo, Jorma Panula, Pamela Lidiard, Graham Johnson, Ronan O’Hora and Joan Havill.