In 2012, James Sommerville enters his sixth year as both Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His growing conducting career has brought recent, critically acclaimed appearances with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Mr. Sommerville’s glittering 25-year career as a horn soloist has seen triumphs with major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. His JUNO award-winning disc of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra has been widely praised; other award-winning solo recordings include the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and Britten’s Canticle.
Mr. Sommerville has recorded chamber music for the Deutsche Gramophon, Telarc, CBC, Summit, and Marquis labels. He has premièred chamber and solo music by many composers, including Christos Hatzis, Gyorgy Ligeti and Elliot Carter, whose Horn Concerto was commissioned for him by the Boston Symphony.
Mr. Sommerville also tours as a member of Osvaldo Golijov’s Andalucian Dogs. He teaches and coaches at NEC, Boston University, and Tanglewood, and gives classes throughout Canada every year. In his spare time, Mr. Sommerville can be found racing triathlons, or in his kitchen.