James Lowe


James Lowe
, an accomplished British conductor and already a household name in the north of England and Scotland, is heading still further north, direction Finland, to conduct his first concert as Chief Conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra on 3 February 2016. Vaasa, a city on the west coast of Finland, is home to the renowned Jorma Panula Conducting Competition where in 2009 James was awarded the special prize and voted the competition orchestra’s choice.

Based in Berlin, James is Chief Conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra in Prenzlau. He is also Principal Conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble and Orchestras Advisor & Conductor of the Senior Orchestra of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

Recent engagements include concerts with the Sczcecin Philharmonic, a residency with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a concert with Sistema Scotland and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra which was televised on the BBC. This spring, James will also work with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra and in the summer, he will take the helm for a third consecutive year at Musique Cordiale Festival in Provence.

During James’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Hallé Harmony Youth Orchestra, his work was featured in a four-part documentary shown in the UK on Channel 4. James continues to mentor and inspire young musicians, and on 27 February 2016 he will conduct the Nottingham Youth Orchestra’s 30th Anniversary concert in the Royal Concert Hall with a programme of “music made famous in film”. James played the viola in the NYO as a child and subsequently became their Artistic Advisor.

Educated at the University of Edinburgh, James continued his development as Benjamin Zander Conducting Fellow with the Boston Philharmonic, and has studied with many leading conductors including Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Bernard Haitink, and with Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as Assistant Conductor to Haitink in performances with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

His sell-out debut concerts in December with Vaasa City Orchestra were a triumph and the programme for his first concert as Chief Conductor on 3 February will include works by Weber, Schumann, Stravinsky and Schubert. Further concerts with Vaasa will take place in March and April this year.



James Lowe