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James Boznos

Principal Timpani

James Boznos

A performer, composer and conductor, James Boznos (1969, Chicago) performs throughout Asia, North America and Europe. Prior to his appointment as Principal Timpanist of the HK Phil in 2000, Boznos worked regularly with the Chicago Symphony.


James is on staff with Hong Kong University and The Academy for the Performing Arts, and has also been a frequent guest principal with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony.


Some highlights of his performing career include: three concerto appearances with the HK Phil; a ten-city European tour with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra performing Brudowicz's Marimba Concerto; performing Iannis Xenakis' Psappha for solo percussion in the ancient amphitheatre in Delphi, Greece; and playing Derive I and II at the Berlin Staatsoper for Pierre Boulez' 75th birthday, with Boulez himself conducting. He has conducted the US and Asia premiere of Donnerstags Gruss by Stockhausen.


OZNO (nom de plume) has written music for orchestra, chamber, solo, vocal, electronic genres as well as for the theatre. Recent premieres in Hong Kong have included: “Locutions of Dune”, for saxophone quartet; “Zoon” , for solo percussionist and iPod; his first symphony “Staircase of the Tian-Wang”, for 16 antiphonal instruments, synthetic orchestra and tape; “Google”, for orchestra; and his first cantata, “Anesti”, for six instruments, six voices and synthetic orchestra. His 2nd cantata, Nevu’ah, for six-part chorus, 19 instrumentalists and tape, was premiered by the Hong Kong Bach Choir last year.