James Sherlock studies orchestral conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In the past year he has made conducting debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, collaborating with artists including Raphael Wallfisch and Dame Shirley Bassey. He was selected by the London Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras as the young British conductor to take part in their International Artists Academy in Berlin and Aix-en-Provence.
As a keyboard player, he has performed in major venues worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician, including the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie and Wigmore Halls, and the Musikgebouw Amsterdam. He has performed alongside many international singers including Dame Felicity Lott, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Sarah Connolly.
James previously studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity College Cambridge, the Georg Solti Accademia and the Franz Schubert Institut. His teachers have included Richard Bonynge, Graham Johnson, Ronan O’Hora and Joan Havill. He won top prizes at the Royal Overseas League Competition as both soloist and accompanist, at Das Lied International Song Competition, BBC Performing Arts Trust, the Award for Young Concert Artists and Gold Medal at the Marcello Galanti International Organ Competition.