James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award, a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada’s Artist of the Year and the Order of Canada, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty the Queen to the throne.
Called by the Toronto Star “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist”, James Campbell has performed in most of the world’s major concert halls and with over 50 orchestras, including the London Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Russian Philharmonic.
Campbell has performed with many of the world’s great musicians, including Aaron Copland and the late Glenn Gould; as well as chamber music tours with over 30 string quartets, including the Amadeus, Guarneri, Vermeer, New Zealand, St Lawrence, Fine Arts, and Allegri String Quartets.
Campbell’s extensive discography has won international acclaim, including Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet, voted “Top Choice” by BBC Radio 3, the world premiere recording of Brahms’s Sonata op. 120, no. 1 (orchestrated by Luciano Berio), with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Sony Classical re-release of Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie with Glenn Gould.
Campbell has been the subject of numerous features and cover stories in Clarinet Magazine (United States), Clarinet and Sax (UK), Piper Magazine (Japan), Gramophone, and in the book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today, by British author and clarinet authority Pamela Weston. In 1984, James Campbell was named artistic director of The Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario and has been the subject of documentaries by BBC Television, CBC Television and TV Ontario.
Since 1989, James Campbell has made Bloomington, Indiana, his base during the academic year as Professor of Music at the prestigious music school of Indiana University.