James BAKER, conductor
James Baker is Music Director and conductor of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and Director of the Percussion Ensemble at the Mannes College of Music. He is Guest Conductor of the Slee Sinfonietta at the Institute for 21st Century Music in Buffalo, Speculum Musicae and the Talea Ensemble. He has led concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia at festivals including the Beijing Modern Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, US Library of Congress, and the Transit Festival. He has collaborated with composers on hundreds of world and American premieres including John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Earl Brown, Charles Wourinen, Mario Davidovsky, Hans Werner Henze, Roger Reynolds, Hans Abrahamsen, Milton Babbitt, Donald Martino, Elliott Carter, Stefano Gervasoni, David Felder, and George Crumb. An active composer of electro-acoustic music, Mr. Baker won a Bessie award for composition for dance. Past commissions include works for Dance Theater Workshop New York, the Lyon Opera Ballet and Netherlands Dance Theater with his longtime collaborator, choreographer Tere O’Conor and at EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.