One of the world’s leading countertenors for nearly 30 years, James Bowman’s career spans opera, oratorio, contemporary music and solo recitals.
During his career James Bowman has appeared at almost every major opera house including La Scala in Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Sydney, Verona, Vienna, Strasbourg, Sante Fe, Dallas and San Franscisco. His concert career is equally wide ranging: in Europe he is well known as a recitalist, with a large following particularly in France. In 1992 the French Government honoured him with admission to “L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and he was also awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Paris, in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the musical life of that City.
Mr. Bowman has made over 180 recordings with all the major record labels and has worked with all the major directors including Harnoncourt, Bruggen, Gardiner, Norrington, Hogwood and Leonhardt. Recently Mr. Bowman appeared on many recordings with the Kings Consort and on two duet recordings with the Theatre of Early Music and Daniel Taylor.
In May 1996, James Bowman received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. James is also President of the Holst Singers. He was made a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 1997. In November 1998 James was made an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford.