Artist Hyperion Records

James Clark (violin)

James Clark’s musical career, spanning over thirty years, encompasses a wide range of musical accomplishment. As a chorister at King’s College Cambridge he sang as soloist at the famous ‘Nine Lessons and Carols’ on Christmas Eve and on many records under Sir David Willcocks. He went on to study both singing and violin at the Royal College of Music in London, winning major awards as a singer and prizes as a violinist.

In 1981 he was invited by Claudio Abbado to lead the European Youth Orchestra, and subsequently became the first leader of the newly formed Chamber Orchestra of Europe working with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Solti, Pollini, Barenboim and Abbado.

As a member of the Endellion Quartet from 1984 chamber music became an increasingly important music activity. James was also active with the Raphael Ensemble, playing regularly on radio and producing several well received discs of Brahms and Dvořák Sextets.

For five years until 1990 James was leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and from 1990 to 1998, as leader, James took a major role in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s artistic development and high profile. Since 1999 James has been Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, one of the world’s finest and most recorded symphony orchestras. He also continues to be in demand as a guest leader and chamber musician across Britain and Europe.

In 2004 James was also appointed Leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a post he holds in tandem with that of the Philharmonia.


Brahms: String Sextets
Brahms: The Complete Chamber Music
CDS44331/4212CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Bridge: Early Chamber Music
Dvořák: String Quintet & String Sextet
CDH55405Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Messiaen: Chamber Works
SIGCD126Download only
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 1
This album is not yet available for downloadHYP12Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Abîme des oiseaux  
Danse de la fureur pour les sept trompettes  
Fantaisie (Messiaen)
Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps  
Liturgie de cristal  
Louange à l'éternité de Jésus  
Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus  
Pièce pour piano et quatuor à cordes (Messiaen)
Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (Messiaen)
String Quintet in E flat major, Op 97 (Dvořák)
String Quintet in E minor (Bridge)
String Sextet in A major, Op 48 (Dvořák)
String Sextet in E flat major (Bridge)
String Sextet No 1 in B flat major, Op 18 (Brahms)
String Sextet No 2 in G major, Op 36 (Brahms)
Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps