Clark, who is also co-leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, will spend more time on chamber pursuits


Royal Scottish National Orchestra co-leader James Clark is to step down from his post this month after five years. The violinist, who also serves as Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra co-leader, will devote more time to chamber performance and to his family.

The RSNO will now invite a series of guest leaders to join the orchestra and fellow co-leader Maya Iwabuchi, while the search for Clark’s successor takes place.

‘Working alongside James has been an absolute pleasure,’ said RSNO music director Peter Oundjian. ‘His talent as a top-flight orchestral musician cannot be questioned, but our shared background as quartet players has made these years of shared music making particularly meaningful. He leaves with us a legacy of an ensemble in great shape, and we would all like to wish him the very best for the future.’

Clark has also served as leader of the Chamber Orchestra or Europe, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed with the Endellion Quartet and Raphael Ensemble.