James Ham studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatory. Recent and future performances include concerts with the Magdeburgische Philharmonie, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Neubrandenburger Philharmonie, Brandenburger Symphoniker and education concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was Conducting Fellow at the Lucerne Festival Academy for 2016 and held the Charles Mackerras Junior Conducting Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire from 2013-15. From 2013-14, he was Conducting Fellow with Birmingham Royal Ballet during which time he led several performances in Birmingham and on tour. He is currently Principal Conductor of the London Orchestra Project, a chamber orchestra based on a side-by-side format, which he co-founded with Stephen Bryant, leader of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.