Jim Babor
LA Philharmonic
Country of Residence:
United States
Jim Babor has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1993. In addition to his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Babor regularly participates in concerts for the Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series. His solo engagements have included performing the Xylorimba Solo in Oliver Messiaen’s "Des Canyons Aux Etoles" with Esa Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Babor received his B.M. degree from Texas A&M University, Commerce in Commerce, Texas and his M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. Jim has studied with Richard Weiner, Paul Yancich, Cloyd Duff, and Doug Howard. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, and the New World Symphony. Jim has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Telarc, Teldec, and London. In April of 2012, Jim 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”. This performance is scheduled to be broadcast on KCET television in May of 2012 as part of the series Open Call, a new KCET-TV series featuring Southern California schools and arts institutions. Jim is an endorser/clinician of Pearl/Adams Percussion, REMO drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals. He has presented clinics and masterclasses at universities all throughout the United States. He is also on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
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