James Campbell


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James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada's Artist of the Year, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and Canada's highest honor, the Order of Canada. Mr. Campbell has performed solo and chamber music concerts in more than 35 countries in many of the worlds’ great concert halls. He has been soloist with over 60 orchestras, and has performed Copland’s Clarinet Concerto four times with Aaron Copland conducting.

His recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet was voted "Top Choice" by BBC Radio 3 and the London Times; Stolen Gems, a recording of lighter classics, won a Juno Award. James has recorded with the London Symphony (the world premiere recording of Brahms Sonata Op.120 No. 1 orchestrated by Luciano Berio and Weber Concerto No.1), the Philharmonia (Debussy Premier Rhapsody), the London Philharmonic (Saint-Saens Tarantella), and the NACO (Mozart and Copland Concertos). Sony Classical has recently re-released his recording of the Debussy Premier Rhapsody with Glenn Gould.

Since 1985, James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound, the annual summer Canadian chamber music festival, and has programmed over 1300 concerts for the festival. In July 2018, Festival of the Sound produced one of the most important commissions ever attempted, Sounding Thunder: The Song of Francis Pegahmagabow, with the support of the Canada Council of the Arts’ New Chapter program. Mr. Campbell is the subject of numerous features and cover stories, and has been Professor of Music at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University since 1988. James Campbell plays Conn-Selmer clarinets and uses Vandoren and Legere reeds.

Mr. Campbell last appeared with the ESO in March 2012.