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James Pillai


Professional Trials

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn Trial 2019-


  • Aurora Orchestra Principal Horn Trial 2020-Current
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Horn Trial 2018-2019
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra 5th Horn Trial 2017-2018
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales 2nd Horn Trial 2014-2015
  • Welsh National Opera 3rd Horn Trial 2013-2015
  • London Symphony Orchestra 3rd Horn Trial 2012-2013

Professional Orchestral Experience

  • London Philharmonic Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • London Symphony Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Philharmonia Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • BBC Philharmonic (Guest Principal)
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • English National Opera (Guest Principal)
  • Frankfurt Opera (Guest Principal)
  • Welsh National Opera (Guest Principal)
  • Oxford Philharmonia Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Chineke! Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia (Guest Principal)
  • Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Aurora Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • London Concert Orchestra (Guest Principal)
  • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (3rd Horn)
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra (3rd Horn)
  • BBC Concert Orchestra (3rd Horn)
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (3rd Horn)
  • English Chamber Orchestra (3rd Horn)
  • European Camerata (3rd Horn)
  • Various Session Orchestras, including COOL Music and English Session Orchestra

Professional West End Experience

  • Les Miserables In Concert at the Gielgud Theatre Horn chair holder 2019
  • Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre Deputy 2020-current

Orchestral Training

  • Castleton Festival Orchestra under Lorin Maazel, Section Principal, 2011
  • RCM Symphony, Opera and Sinfonietta Orchestras, Section Principal 2009-2013
  • Westminster Festival Orchestra, Sub Principal, 2011-Present
  • Orion Orchestra 2011
  • Orpheus Orchestra 2010
  • London Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side Scheme 2011
  • London Symphony Orchestra Outreach Work at Lords Cricket ground 2010
  • CLIC Sergeant Symphony Orchestra, Section Principal, 2009-Present
  • Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra 2009-2010
  • Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra 2008-2010
  • Camden Chamber Orchestra 2008-2010
  • Sinfonia D’Amici, Section Principal, 2008-Present

Solo and Chamber

  • Riverside Brass Quintet Founding Member 2010-Present
  • Aurora Winds, Guest Principal 2012
  • Oompah Brass Deputy
  • Triumph Brass Quintet Deputy 2009-2010 (including tour to Trinidad and Tobago)
  • RCM Wind Ensemble, Section Principal, 2010-Present
  • RCM Brass Ensemble, Section Principal, 2009-Present
  • Performed Mozart’s 4th Horn Concerto with Sinfonia D’Amici (2012)
  • Performed Richard Strauss’ 1st Horn Concerto with Dame Alice Owens Symphony Orchestra 2008
  • Performed Schumann’s Konzertstuck with the Ealing Youth Orchestra and Barnet Youth Orchestra, Section Principal


2009 – 2013         Royal College of Music Scholar, Bmus(Hons). Principal study Horn under the
                           tuition of Simon Rayner, Nigel Black and John Ryan

2005 – 2008         Royal College of Music Junior Department under the tuition of Susan Dent

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