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JAMES BABOR has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1993. In addition to his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he regularly participates in concerts for the LA Phil’s Green Umbrella Series. His solo engagements have included performing the xylorimba solo in Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Babor received his Bachelor of Music degree from Texas A&M University and his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has studied with Richard Weiner, Paul Yancich, Cloyd Duff, and Doug Howard.
Babor has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Telarc, Teldec, and London.
In April of 2012, Babor was the featured soloist in Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto during the University of Southern California’s “Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.”
James Babor is a Remo Orchestral Artist and an endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Freer Percussion. He is on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.