James Judd, Music Director for the Israel Symphony will conduct the orchestra’s boot camp on Friday, March 20, 2015. British-born conductor, James Judd has recently become the Music Director of the Little Orchestra Society in New York. His previous directorships include Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra National de Lille in France and a groundbreaking 14 years as Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
James founded Miami Music Project in 2008 with the support of the John S. and James L. Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Grant and subsequent matching funds of the community.
He also became the music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he bought the ensemble to a new level of visibility and international renown through appearances at the 2000 Summer Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, the 2003 Auckland International Arts Festival, the Osaka Festival of International Orchestras, as well as a specially televised Millennium Concert with Kiri Te Kanawa as soloist. He also led the orchestra on its first ever tour of the major concert halls of Europe, culminating with a debut appearance at the BBC Proms and the Concertgebouwin August, 2005. In North and South America, he is a frequent and much-admired guest conductor, having appeared with the orchestras of St. Louis, Montreal, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Seattle, Indianapolis, Utah, Vancouver and Ottawa.
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