James Sedares has enjoyed an international conducting career that has taken him from the United States to Europe, Asia, Australasia, and South America. His many concerts have received enthusiastic audience and critical responses.
An impressive orchestra builder, Mr. Sedares served as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony (PSO) and Principal Guest Conductor of the Vector Wellington Orchestra (Orchestra Wellington) in New Zealand, and has had a long relationship with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Recently he made his debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and had his first CD release on the Deutsche Grammophon label in a performance of Franz Waxman's oratorio Joshua with the Prague Philharmonia. Mr. Sedares has made debuts in London and Seoul. He recently conducted the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato (OSUG).
A prolific recording artist, Maestro Sedares led the PSO in its critically acclaimed premiere CD of Copland works released on the KOCH International Classics label, later winning the INDIE Award for Best Classical Album of the Year from the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD).
Mr. Sedares's subsequent recordings featuring works of William Schumann and Bernard Herrmann appeared on the Billboard Classical Album charts for several months. In addition, the release of former Phoenix Symphony Composer-In-Residence Daniel Asia's Symphonies No. 1 and 2 on New World Records received critical acclaim in the press.
A major success for Sedares and the Phoenix Symphony was the recording of Elmer Bernstein's reconstructed score to The Magnificent Seven on KOCH. This blockbuster CD was listed on Billboard Magazine's crossover classical best-seller chart and continued to be one of the top-rated released of the year. Bernstein called it "the definitive interpretation" and it won the ECHO Award, a highly sought German Record Critics Prize (Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Preise), as well as another INDIE Award for Best CD in the Film category. Another film score recording on KOCH is Miklos Rozsa' El Cid with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Sedares's collaboration with KOCH includes two Grammy nominated recordings with the London Symphony and the Louisville Orchestra.