It’s your BSO: Exclusive interview with James Sommerville, Principal French Horn

James Sommerville is Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. The winner of the highest prizes at the Munich, Toulon, and CBC competitions, Mr. Sommerville has pursued a solo career that has spanned 25 years, and has brought critically acclaimed appearances with major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. His disc of the Mozart Horn Concertos with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Recording in Canada. Other award-winning CBC recordings include the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings and Britten’s Canticle. Mr. Sommerville has recorded chamber music for the Deutsche Gramophon, Telarc, CBC, Summit, and Marquis labels. He is a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, with whom he tours and records regularly. In this interview, James speaks about; his career as a member of symphony orchestras, as a soloist, and as a conductor. He also speaks about the evolution of the BSO French Horn section since he joined the BSO, as well as the sound of the BSO. Lastly, he speaks about being a triathlon athlete and how that helps his playing of the French Horn.