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Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, British-born conductor James Judd stands at the forefront of a new period of artistic growth for his orchestra. In addition to embarking on a sizable series of recordings with the orchestra for the Naxos label - including the complete orchestral works of Leonard Bernstein - he has brought the orchestra recent international acclaim through appearances with the New Zealand Symphony at the 2000 Summer Sydney Olympic Arts Festival as well as a specially televised Millennium Concert with Kiri Te Kanawa as soloist.

A graduate of London’s Trinity College of Music, Mr. Judd came to international attention as the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, a post he accepted at the invitation of Lorin Maazel. Four years later, he returned to Europe after being appointed Associate Music Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra by Claudio Abbado, an ensemble with which he continues to serve as an honorary Artistic Director.

Since that time, James Judd has led the Berlin Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic; he has conducted in the great concert halls of Europe, including the Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna’s Musikverein; and has made guest appearances with such prestigious ensembles as the Vienna Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Prague Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.

As opera conductor, he has appeared with the English National Opera conducting productions of Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rigoletto, and Le Nozze di Figaro; and at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.He continues to conduct all of the major British ensembles, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, and the English Chamber Orchestra. He was co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he has led on tours throughout the United States, the Far East and Europe.

In North and South America he is a frequent and much-admired guest conductor, having appeared with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Utah, Vancouver and Ottawa.James Judd’s recent performances include recordings and concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, and the New Zealand Symphony, as well as upcoming engagements with the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Madrid National Radio Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa.

Maestro Judd recently completed a 14-year tenure as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, which recently released a recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” on Naxos. As the Florida Philharmonic’s Music Director, James Judd was the only conductor in America to open two major concert halls in consecutive seasons: the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach in 1992 and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale in 1991.

James Judd also served as Artistic Director of the Florida Grand Opera from 1993- 1996. He made his U.S. opera debut in 1988 conducting Don Giovanni for that institution. A widely-recorded artist, James Judd will be fulfilling a 5 year project with the Naxos label and the New Zealand Symphony of works by Copland, Steve Reich, Takemitsu, Gershwin and Bernard Herrmann.

January 2002