James Judd

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James Judd (born 30 October 1949, Hertfordshire) is a British conductor. He is a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London. Judd is Music Director of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, one of the leading musical organizations in Israel.

Judd was an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra, and served as associate music director of the European Union Youth Orchestra Judd made his U.S. opera debut in 1988 conducting Don Giovanni for the Florida Grand Opera. Judd was the last full-time Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic, from 1987 to 2001. During his tenure, the orchestra suffered financial problems, and Judd served for 3 months as chairman of the board and donated a portion of his salary to assist the organisation. However, he was also criticised for expensive programming in his concerts.


Judd served as music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), the first NZSO conductor with that title, from 1999 to 2007. He conducted several recordings with the NZSO for the Naxos label, and led the NZSO in its first-ever appearance at The Proms in August 2005. Judd now holds the title of Music Director Emeritus of the NZSO.

In 2013 Judd was appointed Music Director of The Little Orchestra Society, a sixty six year old institution based in New York.

Judd is the Founding and current Artistic Director of Miami Music Project, a non profit organization which provides music education to children inspirated on El Sistema tested model. The Miami Music Project uses music as an instrument for social transformation, empowering children to acquire values and achieve their full potential, positively affecting their society through the study and performance of music.

Judd and his wife Valerie, a former member of the New World Symphony Orchestra, have a daughter.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Symphony no. 3 / Billy the Kid (Suite) Aaron Copland; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 1
2003 Piano concerto in a minor, Opus 16 / Lyric Pieces (Selection) Edvard Grieg; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd, Ronan O'Hora 1
2003 Fantasias / Norfolk Rhapsody no. 1 / In the Fen Country / Concerto Grosso Ralph Vaughan Williams; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 3
2003 Symphony no. 2 'The Age of Anxiety' / West Side Story (Symphonic Dances) / Candide Overture Leonard Bernstein; Jean Louis Steuerman, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd 1
2004 The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto Takako Nishizaki, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 1
2008 Corroboree / An Outback Overture John Antill; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd 1
2009 Piano Concerto / The Wasps (Aristophanic Suite) / English Folk Song Suite / The Running Set Ralph Vaughan Williams; Ashley Wass, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd 1
2011 Winter Legends / Morning Song / Saga Fragment Sir Arnold Bax; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, James Judd, Ashley Wass 1
2012 Rhapsody in Blue Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Gershwin; Benjamin Grosvenor, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, James Judd 2

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