Festival of the Sound
James Campbell has performed solo and chamber music concerts in 35 countries, has been soloist with over 65 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony and has performed Copland's Clarinet Concerto four times with Aaron Copland conducting. He has appeared with over 35 string quartets, including the Amadeus, Guarneri, Vermeer, New Zealand and St Lawrence Quartets. He has made over 40 recordings, including the Debussy Rhapsody with Glenn Gould, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the premiere recording of the Berio arrangement of the Brahms F minor Sonata with the London Symphony. His recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet was chosen by the BBC and London Times as the best available. More than 50 works have been written for him, including works by James Macmillan, Jacques Hetu, David Baker, George Shearing, Wilhem Jetts and Keiko Harada. He has been awarded a Juno, Canada's Artist of the Year, the Queens Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and Canada's highest honour, the Order of Canada.
Since 1984, James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound, the annual summer Canadian chamber music festival, and has programmed over 1400 concerts for the festival. Under his direction the Festival has traveled to England, Japan, and the Netherlands and it has been the subject of documentaries by BBC Television, CBC Television and TV Ontario.
James Campbell has been Professor of Music at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University since 1988 and regularly gives master classes throughout the world.