Conductor:James Ross

James Ross has conducted more than 1,000 works in 18 countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including the Royal Festival Hall, and Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II. Training first as a violinist, he studied at London’s American International School, Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, studying history then a doctorate on French Opera, Politics and the Press awarded the Sir Donald Tovey Prize. A BBC Conducting Competition finalist, he has conducted most of the symphonic and choral repertoire, operas by Bizet, Britten, Janáček, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, worked with singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Borodina and Danielle de Niese, led numerous contemporary music premières including staged productions for the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York and Milan, and raised over $1 million in concerts for charities.