James Judd

Biography

Born: October 30, 1949   Country: England  
English conductor James Judd became well known in the 1990s primarily for his outstanding results with an American regional orchestra and as a youth and chamber orchestra conductor.

He studied at the Trinity College of Music in London from 1967 to 1971. His piano instructor was Alfred Kitchin, and he took conducting from Bernard Keefe. He was accepted for training at the London Opera Centre. He has retained his interest in opera and
Read more frequently conducts them, though he has gained his main reputation and has been most often recorded as an orchestral conductor.

Judd became assistant to Lorin Maazel, music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, and worked with him there from 1973 to 1975. In 1978 he returned to Europe at the request of Claudio Abbado. One of Abbado's favorite projects was the new European Community Youth Orchestra, and in 1978 Abbado appointed Judd its associate music director. He has remained associated with the ECYO, and in 1990 became its honorary artistic director.

A demand for his services as a guest conductor began at this time. The major orchestras he has led include the London Symphony Orchestra; the Hallé Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the London Philharmonic; the Royal Scottish Orchestra; the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; the National Arts Center of Ottawa, Canada; the Cincinnati Symphony; the Indianapolis Symphony; the Orchestra of the Mozarteum of Salzburg; the NHK Symphony of Tokyo; the CBC Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; the Pittsburgh Symphony; the Israel Philharmonic; the Berlin Philharmonic; and many others. He was a co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and toured with them through America, Europe, and Asia.

In 1987, he became the music director of the Florida Philharmonic, a post he held until 2001. This orchestra is ranked as a regional orchestra, but he built its quality and polish to the level of a major orchestra. Although its home concerts are in a variety of auditoriums in Miami-Dade, Brouward, and Palm Beach Counties -- the warm south Atlantic coast area of Florida, location of several affluent cities in addition to Miami and Miami Beach -- it is praised for a remarkable consistency of tone. Judd's performance with the FSO of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was rated the "Best New Mahler Recording of the Year" by the international Gustav Mahler Society and received several awards and other recognition as a "best recording" from several sources. Channel Magazine named him as "one of the 25 most influential men in South Florida," known for his efforts to promote classical music, including frequent appearances on local FM radio stations. He instituted outreach programs such as "Beethoven by the Beach" and his Community Tours, a series of free concerts in unusual venues.

He has recorded the complete symphonies of Leonard Bernstein in Naxos Records' American Classics Series. Others of his more than thirty CD releases include works of Meyerbeer, Elgar, and Donizetti, and the Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Judd frequently has led productions of the English National Opera and was, from 1993 - 1996, artistic director of the Greater Miami Opera. He also has conducted at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

In 1999, he became music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the first to hold that title in the orchestra's 50-year history. As such, he appeared on the international 2000 millennium telecast, with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa. He has conducted several world premieres, inclduing Michael Nyman's Saxophone Concerto and Garth Farr's Hikoi, with percussionist Evelyn Glennie as soloist. Read less
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    100 Best Tchaikovsky
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548467 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Vladimir Spivakov,  Peter Donohoe,  Paul Tortelier  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Seiji Ozawa,  Rudolf Barshai,  Yan Pascal Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Bernstein, Gershwin & Copland / Judd, NOI Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559859 Release Date: 04/10/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
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    Elgar: Violinkonzert & Violinsonate / Irnberger, Korstick, Judd, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99141 Release Date: 03/22/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger,  Michael Korstick
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    My Playlist for Baking
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578344 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Klara Kormendi,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Sebastian Knauer,  Romain Descharmes  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Michael Halász,  Jozef Kopelman,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    My Playlist for Gardening
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578345 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Boris Tchaikovsky,  Cecil Burleigh,  Romeo Cascarino  ... 
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Mary Barranger,  Geoffrey Deemer,  Denisa Slepkovská  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset,  Kirill Ershov,  JoAnn Falletta,  Michael Halász  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malmö Symphony Orchestra,  Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra,  Philadelphia Philharmonia  ... 
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    My Playlist for Sewing & Knitting
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578346 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Georges Bizet,  Benjamin Britten,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Performer:  Philip Langridge,  Viktor Simcisko,  François-Joël Thiollier,  Joel Sachs  ... 
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Donald Johanos,  Steuart Bedford,  Adriano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Michala Petri: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19075821022 Release Date: 06/22/2018   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Sammartini,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri,  Keith Jarrett,  Elizabeth Selin,  Lars Hannibal  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Vladimir Spivakov,  George Malcolm,  Okko Kamu  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Guildhall String Ensemble  ... 
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    Romantic Serenades for Strings
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95655 Release Date: 04/27/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Vasily Kalinnikov,  Leos Janácek  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin
    Conductor:  Alexander Rudin,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Massimo Belli,  Ove Vedsten Larsen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Viva Instrumental Ensemble,  Capella Istropolitana,  Ferruccio Busoni Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Romances & Triple Concerto / Irnberger, Judd, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99101 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Thomas Albertus Irnberger,  David Geringas,  Michael Korstick
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Mahler: Symphony No. 10 Adagio / Judd, EU Youth Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1346 Release Date: 05/30/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Union Youth Orchestra
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  • 11.
    My First Classical Albums
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8509003 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Jürgen Schuster,  Idil Biret  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Éder String Quartet,  Danubius String Quartet,  German Wind Soloists  ... 
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    Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance, Mazurek & 4 Romantic Pieces / Mracek
    Label: Onyx (Classical Label)   Catalog: 4160 Release Date: 07/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jan Mrácek,  Lukas Klansk
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
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    Un siecle de musique francaise (A Century of French Music)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875192862 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie,  Olivier Messiaen  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Minton,  Gervase de Peyer,  Michel Dalberto,  Daniel Varsano  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Charles Munch,  Seiji Ozawa,  Richard Marlow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites, Piano Concerto... / O’Hora, Ermler, Judd
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1218 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Ronan O'Hora
    Conductor:  Mark Ermler,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Sea In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578269 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Frank Bridge,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  István Kassai,  François-Joël Thiollier
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  James Judd,  Jun Märkl,  Simon Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon National Orchestra  ... 
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    Alpine Symphony
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1055 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Community Youth Orchestra
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    Symphony 9 & More
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2033 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Community Youth Orchestra
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    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001761002 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    A Royal Fanfare
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1263 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Elgar Howarth,  Eric Coates,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Geoffrey A. Kingston,  Christopher Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stockholm Philharmonic Brass Ensemble,  Malmö Brass Ensemble
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  • 21.
    My First Lullaby Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578213 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Idil Biret,  Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  Stefan Veselka  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Anthony Bramall,  Alexander Rahbari,  Keith Clark  ... 
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    Bax: Winter Legends / Wass, Judd, Bournemouth
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572597 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Ashley Wass
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    The Ultimate Lullaby Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570514-15 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  Maarit Kirvessalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  James Judd,  Keith Clark  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream / Judd, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570794 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  David Timson,  Tom Mison,  Jenny Wollerman,  Pepe Becker  ... 
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Varsity Voices,  Nota Bene Choir,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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    Classical Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570364-65 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alla Pavlova,  Peter Sculthorpe,  Einojuhani Rautavaara,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  William Barton,  Michael Cox,  Nicholas Daniel,  David Greed  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  James Judd,  Hannu Lintu,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra  ... 
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