British conductor James Judd is internationally acclaimed for his remarkable versatility, unique musicianship and charismatic demeanor on and off stage. He is known for his exceptionally communicative style and compelling concerts and his regular performances in concert halls from Vienna to Tokyo are testament to his excellent contact with the public and musicians. His wealth of artistic activities have led him to cooperate with renowned orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig, Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and orchestras in Dallas, St. Louis, Baltimore and Montreal.
Judd is a prominent interpreter of British orchestral music and has recorded Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 with the Halle Orchestra, which has brought him wide recognition from Elgar admirers. He has recorded extensively for the Naxos label in cooperation with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where he was later appointed as Honorary Music Director. His recordings of works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Beethoven, Bernstein, Copland and Gershwin have been very well received. He has conducted the works of Gustav Mahler on international stages and his recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 was awarded the Gold Medal by Diapason in France and by Toblacher Komponierhäuschen for Best Recording of the Year. Maestro Judd has also recorded extensively for Decca, EMI and Philips.
Apart from his concert activities, James Judd is a regular guest
on opera stages like the English National Opera, Wexford Festival
and Glyndebourne Opera Festival, where he has conducted opera
productions of Il trovatore, La traviata, Rigoletto,
The Barbier of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro
and Cinderella. Between 1993 and 1996 he was Artistic Director
of the Florida Grand Opera where he presented Don Giovanni,
The Masked Ball, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly
and others. Besides staged opera productions, he has conducted
the concert versions of Tannhäuser, Fidelio and La clemenza
di Tito. He has also participated in recording the complete opera works
of Meyerbeer and Donizetti.
After completing his music studies at London Trinity College he became Lorin Maazel’s assistant in Cleveland. After two years in the USA he returned to Europe where he became Executive Director of the European Community Youth Orchestra, whose Chief Conductor was Claudio Abbado. He accepted the position of Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a period of eight years, and during this time contributed immensely to the artistic development of the ensemble and gained recognition on international concert stages. Under his leadership the orchestra undertook its first concert tour of Europe, performing in renowned halls like the Concertgebouw and Royal Albert Hall.
Past positions have included Music Director of the Israel Symphony
Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille
in France, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and a groundbreaking 14 years as
Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. During his tenure,
this regional ensemble became an orchestra of note. Thanks to the introduction of
innovative programs, the positive public response and support for
its especially successful summer festival, the ensemble enjoyed significant artistic
growth. Together with the Florida Philharmonic he made recordings
of the works of Walton, Bernstein and Mahler which received numerous
In addition to his international conducting career, James Judd has led the orchestras of the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Guildhall School, Trinity College of London, Aspen Music Festival and the National Youth Orchestras of Australia and New Zealand.
Since 2007, he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra, an ensemble of the most gifted musicians from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Korea.
In 2008 he established the Miami Music Project in Southern Florida which received generous support from the John and James Knight Foundation for the enhancement of education and training, providing performing opportunities for hundreds of children from different social backgrounds and underprivileged communities in the city. The Miami Music Project, inspired by the Venezuelan model El Sistema, opened a music academy for teaching in the Miami communities Doral and Little Haiti and is planning to open another academy in Little Havana and Liberty City. The project provides talented young musicians with the opportunity to practice and play orchestral works with the Miami Youth Orchestra.
Recent concert highlights have included performances of Britten's War Requiem at the Festival George Enescu with the National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest, staged performances of Carmina Burana at the spectacular desert ruins of Masada, a concert with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Palais Princier in Monte-Carlo, a tour in Asia and Europe with the Asian Youth Orchestra, concerts in Sarrebrücken and Frankfurt with the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra etc…
In September 2016 he was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra. In November 2016 he conducted the opening concert of the Slovak Philharmonic as part of the Bratislava Music Festival.
From the 2017/2018 concert season James Judd is the Chief
Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted seven pairs
of subscription concerts and the opening concert of the 2017 Bratislava
-- Biography from Danthois Artists Management
(with slight corrections)
|César Pelli (October 12, 1926 –
July 19, 2019) was an Argentine architect who designed some of the world's
tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. Some of his most notable
contributions included the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur [shown in
photo below] and the World Financial Center in New York City. The American
Institute of Architects named him one of the ten most influential living
American architects in 1991 and awarded him the AIA Gold Medal in 1995.
In 2008, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat presented him with
The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.
He studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. He graduated in 1949, after which he designed low-cost housing projects. In 1952, he attended the University of Illinois School of Architecture in the United States for advanced study in architecture, and received his Master of Science in Architecture degree in 1954.
In 1952, Pelli moved to the United States with his wife, Diana Balmori (1932–2016), and became a naturalized citizen in 1964. After his graduation from the University of Illinois School of Architecture, Pelli worked for Eero Saarinen in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for ten years. In 1977, Pelli was selected to be the dean of the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, and served in that post until 1984. Shortly after Pelli arrived at Yale, he won the commission to design the expansion and renovation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which resulted in the establishment of his own firm, Cesar Pelli & Associates.
Pelli was named one of the ten most influential living American Architects by the American Institute of Architects in 1991. In 1995, he was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. In May 2004, Pelli was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth where he designed Weber Music Hall. In 2005, Pelli was honored with the Connecticut Architecture Foundation's Distinguished Leadership Award.
John Duffy, an Englishman born in Liverpool, UK, is a renowned Presenter and Promoter of concerts and artistes in the UK, USA and Asia. In the late '70s, John was the Personnel Manager of the London Symphony Orchestra and remained there until he moved to United States in 1986. He then joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra the Personnel Manager, and was able to work alongside the conductor Lorin Maazel, and other American based artists. So, it was no surprise when in 1991 he was invited to become Artistic and Operations manager to the New World Symphony, the orchestra created by Michael Tilson Thomas to help assist academically trained musicians to experience the finer arts of the orchestral world. In addition, John was also the Tour and Personnel Manager of the European Youth Orchestra (1981-1986) which gave him the opportunity to keep acquainted with the younger members of the orchestral world. Later, after a couple of years working independently in New York as a promoter and instrument dealer, John was given the opportunity to build an entirely new professional orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. His other positions also include as the Auditions Co-ordinator for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, tour manager USA for Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Personnel Selection Assistant for Asian Philharmonic Orchestra,
John received Musical Training at Royal Manchester College of Music, before joining the Halle Orchestra in 1958 where he was Principal Double Bassist under the conductor, Sir John Barbirolli. In 1966 he moved to London as a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. As well as performing with most other London based Orchestras, he enjoyed the opportunities to perform under all world-famous conductors, and with all internationally acclaimed soloists. Of course, constant international touring was a necessity for this level of artistic activity, and more than 50 countries were visited during his London years.
© 1999 Bruce Duffie
This conversation was recorded in Chicago on August 13, 1999. Portions were broadcast on WNIB three months later. This transcription was made in 2019, and posted on this website at that time. My thanks to British soprano Una Barry for her help in preparing this website presentation.
To see a full list (with links) of interviews which have been transcribed and posted on this website, click here. To read my thoughts on editing these interviews for print, as well as a few other interesting observations, click here.
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Award - winning broadcaster Bruce Duffie was with WNIB, Classical 97 in Chicago from 1975 until its final moment as a classical station in February of 2001. His interviews have also appeared in various magazines and journals since 1980, and he now continues his broadcast series on WNUR-FM, as well as on Contemporary Classical Internet Radio.You are invited to visit his website for more information about his work, including selected transcripts of other interviews, plus a full list of his guests. He would also like to call your attention to the photos and information about his grandfather, who was a pioneer in the automotive field more than a century ago. You may also send him E-Mail with comments, questions and suggestions.