James Sherlock performs widely as pianist and conductor. In the past year he has made conducting debuts with the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Ensemble Nyky. 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.
He has performed in major venues worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician, including the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie, Barbican and Wigmore Halls, and the Musikgebouw Amsterdam. Artists he has worked with include Dame Felicity Lott, Angelika Kirchschlager, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Sarah Connolly, Raphael Wallfisch and Dame Shirley Bassey, for whom he has acted as Musical Director.
James is currently assistant conductor at the Royal Danish Opera, furthering his studies at the Sibelius Academy. Previously he studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity College Cambridge, the Georg Solti Accademia and the Franz Schubert Institut. His teachers have included Jorma Panula, Hannu Lintu, Atso Almila, 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.