“A tremendous find…Musicians of this calibre are like gold dust” (The Herald), James Feddeck is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting and remarkable conductors of today, impressing orchestras with his innate talent and outstanding musicianship on both sides of the Atlantic.
Of his recent debut with the Hallé, The Guardian noted that he stepped in “to salvage the concert with style and steel” and is “a conductor to watch”. Last season Feddeck also stepped in to make a sensational debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No.8: “The result could not have been more impressive” noted the San Francisco Examiner.
Over the last two seasons Feddeck has made a number of significant North American and European debuts, including with the Chicago, Los Angeles Chamber, Ottawa NAC, Atlanta, Houston, Vancouver, Milwaukee and BBC Symphony Orchestras, the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a collaboration with Bejart Ballet, and the Tampere and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras.
Highlights for the 2015/16 season and beyond include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit, Toronto, City of Birmingham and RTÉ National symphony orchestras, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Royal Stockholm, Royal Flemish and Brno philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre National de Lyon, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and at the Grand Teton Music Festival. As well as conducting The Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival and subscription concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra after a MusicNOW concert with them last year, Feddeck will also return the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orkest and the Hallé following his recent acclaimed debuts with them. There are plans for Feddeck to return to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Winner of the prestigious Solti Conducting Award in 2013, Feddeck is a former Assistant in Cleveland, where he conducted subscription concerts 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. Prior to that he studied with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he received the Aspen Conducting Prize in 2008.
In addition to his conducting, 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 and in 2010 was recognised by Oberlin as the first recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.