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James Feddeck, guest conductor

James Feddeck, conductor

Winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013, James Feddeck has developed a strong career in North America since his final season as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra. During his time there he conducted subscription concerts at Severance Hall, Blossom, and stepped in for Franz Welser-Möst in a fully-staged production of Don Giovanni and in performances of Carmina Burana - both to critical acclaim. 

Feddeck’s 2014/15 season in North America includes debuts with the NAC Orchestra, Ottawa, and Vancouver and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, as well as a return to the Aspen Music Festival. He also conducts a MusicNOW concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he will return in the following seasons for subscription concerts. European engagements this season include debuts with the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin (in a collaboration with the Béjart Ballet Company), the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony and Tampere Philharmonic orchestras.

Last season Feddeck made a number of important debuts including the Houston Symphony, Rochester and Naples Philharmonic orchestras, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In the UK, his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra led The Herald reviewer to note: “I have to acknowledge a tremendous find.... Musicians of this calibre are gold dust.” Feddeck’s return engagements last season included the Indianapolis and Atlanta Symphony orchestras.

Other orchestras that Feddeck has conducted include the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Saint Louis and San Diego symphonies, Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra (Ballet Across America Festival).  

Feddeck studied with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2006 to 2008, and in 2009 he served as Assistant Conductor. He received the Aspen Conducting Prize in 2008, having been awarded the Robert J. Harth Conductor Prize in 2007. He was the unanimous winner of the Sixth Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and, at 22, its youngest participant. In addition to the main Conducting Award, James was previously a recipient of a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. James Feddeck is an accomplished organist, and has performed recitals throughout Europe and North America. He studied oboe, piano, organ, and conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While there, he was Music Director and Conductor of a production of Così fan tutte. In 2010 he was recognised by Oberlin as the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.