James Clark’s musical career, spanning over thirty years, embodies a wide range of accomplishment as chamber musician, soloist, orchestral leader, conductor and teacher. He became leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on its foundation at the invitation of Claudio Abbado, and subsequently joined the Endellion Quartet and the Raphael Ensemble for a productive period as chamber musician and recitalist, making many radio broadcasts and several acclaimed recordings. He went on to lead the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and for eleven years, the Philharmonia in London, before taking up concurrent leader positions with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Royal Scottish National Orchestras. He has also appeared with all these orchestras as conductor. James Clark is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music, and gives classes in orchestra leadership skills, chamber music coaching and advanced individual tuition at the major music colleges in Britain. He has taught and conducted in Venezuela as part of El Sistema.