Musician. Conductor.


Described as a refined conductor with a genuine passion for music, James S. Kahane has been led to conduct first-rate orchestras such as the Finnish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings, and the Gstaad Festival Orchestra, and presently holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and Conductor of the Polytech Orchestra in Finland. Aged only 21, he was chosen to be Assistant Conductor to Susanna Mälkki at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served until Autumn 2018.

During the previous seasons, James has been invited to the Lucerne Festival Conducting Masterclass (out of more than 360 candidates) with Bernard Haitink, to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in summer, and to the Deutsche Dirigentenpreis 2017 (German Conductors' Awards), where he was one of the 12 competitors to conduct the WDR Sinfonieorchester and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. Prior to that, he has already been the youngest selected conductor for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, where he was later chosen by Neeme Järvi to conduct in an official festival concert. In 2018, James has been solicited by Kristjan Järvi to conduct the Baltic Academies Orchestra in Berlin as part of their first international tour, and the following year, he was awarded a fellowship to attend the Atlantic Music Festival in the United States. In Spring 2020, James was invited to assist Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu at the Orchestre de Paris.

Other orchestras he conducted include the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, the Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra, St. Michel Strings, the Helsinki Sinfonietta, the Triangle Orchestra, the Francophonia Orchestra, the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, the Pori Sinfonietta, the Joensuu City Orchestra, the Järvi Academy Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, and the Rehovot Symphony Orchestra. Proficient in various genres of music, both in the symphonic and operatic world, James conducted the Finnish Chamber Opera on several occasions and was also a conductor at the Helsinki Contemporary Opera Festival, as well as on productions of operas such as The Rape of Lucretia by Britten and Years of Silence by Tuurna. Working regularly with very different repertoires, ranging from early baroque up until the music of our times, James was a guest conductor at the NYKY Ensemble, the Hurra Barockorkester, the Somnium Ensemble, the SaxiBa Ensemble, the Sibelius Academy Baroque Orchestra, and the Buchmann Mehta School of Music Contemporary Ensemble. Further engagements this season include concerts in Finland and France.


APRIL 15th, 18th 2022

"J.S. Bach’s St John Passion is a tale of guilt and innocence and of courage and fear at acting according to one’s beliefs. Bach and the unknown librettist open up a view of the Gospel that is baroquely rich and strikingly painful. The passion’s dramatic effect is achieved particularly through the unity of its musical material. Along the way of the cross, intimate chorales offer a respite and a chance to ask for the meaning of the story here and now.

Somnium Ensemble and Helsinki Chamber Orchestra are led by the orchestra’s principal conductor, James Kahane on Good Friday. Somnium Ensemble, winner of Yle’s record of the year in 2019, gets a chance to continue absorbing in early music and major vocal works. Helsinki Chamber Orchestra emphasises the importance of chamber musicianship and the individual creative responsibility of its players."

J. S. Bach: St. John's Passion

James S. Kahane, conductor

Somnium Ensemble, coach Elisa Huovinen
Helsinki Chamber Orchestra


15.04.2022, Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland.

18.04.2022, Kustaa Aadolfin Church, Eurajoki, Finland.



James S. Kahane joins RSB Artists for representation in France.

"The musical year has just ended for the conductor James S. Kahane, with highly successful concerts alongside the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse and the the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, and we are at this occasion very happy to announce that he will count from this day on among our artists; we will represent him for the French territory.

At the age of 26, the French conductor, who has been living in Finland for a few years, already has a rich career, which has seen him lead many first-rate orchestras such as the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Strings as well as the Gstaad Festival Orchestra."

RSB Artists is a dynamic artistic agency on a human scale specialized in the management of the careers of lyrical artists and conductors. Besides the confirmed talent they represent, the agency attaches great importance to the research of young artists who will be tomorrow's stars.

RSB Artists has the advices of the most competent specialists and in particular thanks Nicolas Jouve and Serge Doumeng.

"James clearly has a natural talent for the art of conducting [...]. He is a very intelligent and passionate musician who shows great promise in his future as a conductor"

Gstaad, Switzerland

"I find [James] to be a profound and touching conductor. His Beethoven [Symphony No. 2] sounded vibrant and dynamic and I have to say I was quite impressed."

Lucerne, Switzerland

"Mr. Kahane is a sensitive and profound musician respected by his fellow students. He knows what he wants and is able to communicate this to the orchestra. This will take him far."

Helsinki, Finland

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