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BOZNOS James
龐樂思

A versatile musician, James Boznos (1969, Chicago) has been the Principal Timpanist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) since 2000. James has been a soloist with the HK Phil on three occasions, having performed both of the William Kraft Timpani Concertos as well as his own composition Concerto for Timpani, Roto-Toms and Orchestra. In 2019, the China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony premiered Concerto no. 2, Pavilions, for extended timpani, orchestra and mp3, with the composer as soloist.


He has been a frequent guest principal with the Taiwan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa and the Seoul Philharmonic. He teaches at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the University of Hong Kong.


Prior to joining the HK Phil, James worked regularly with the Chicago Symphony and the leading new music groups of Boston and Chicago. In those years, some highlights include 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's 75th birthday, with Boulez himself conducting.


With his ensemble KLANG, he conducted over 60 contemporary works including the US and Asia premiere of Donnerstags Gruss by Stockhausen. He has also conducted the Taiwan Philharmonic, HK Phil and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra.


As a composer, James Boznos uses the pen name OZNO. He has written music for orchestra, chamber, solo, vocal, electronic genres as well as for the theatre. Recent premieres have included: Cantata no.1, Anesti, for 6 instruments, 6 voices and synthetic orchestra, Cantata no. 2, Nevu’ah, for 6-part chorus, 19 instrumentalists and tape, Cantata no. 3, Gabriel, for soloists, choir, orchestra and mp3, with the Hong Kong Bach Choir.


Jaap van Zweden and the HK Phil performed Oikogeneia for orchestra in 2016, and will premiere his Concerto for Piccolo with Linda Stuckey as soloist.


身兼表演者、作曲家及指揮的龐樂思,1969年出生於芝加哥,自2000年起加入香港管弦樂團成為首席定音鼓,並曾三度為港樂擔當獨奏家,分別演出卡夫茲的兩首定音鼓協奏曲,以及龐樂思本人的定音鼓、輪鼓與樂隊協奏曲。2019年中國愛樂和廣州交響樂團分別首演他的第二定音樂鼓協奏曲,由作曲家擔任獨奏。


龐樂思定期為亞洲多個樂團擔任客席首席,亦在香港大學及香港演藝學院任教。在加入港樂前,龐樂思定期與芝加哥交響樂團,以及波士頓和芝加哥各大樂團合作。他還指揮過台灣愛樂、港樂和芝加哥室樂團,包括為施托克豪森《星期四的問候》作美國和亞洲首演。


龐樂思以OZNO為筆名,撰寫管弦樂、室樂、獨奏樂、聲樂、電子音樂及劇場音樂,近期在香港首演的作品包括:第一首清唱劇《復活》、第二首清唱劇《預言》、第三首清唱劇《加百列》(為獨奏家、合唱團、管弦樂團及mp3而寫),由香港巴赫合唱團首演。梵志登與港樂於2016年呈獻他的《家庭》首演;又將呈獻他的短笛協奏曲的首演,由施家蓮擔任獨奏。

MAJOR WORKS 主要作品


  • Social Distancing (2020) op. 23, for 10 antiphonal instrumentalists and mp3 (“11) 

  • Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra(2020) op. 22 (“20)

  • Cantata Nr.3 “Gabriel” (2019) op. 21, for soloists, 4 part mixed choir, orchestra and mp3 (“30)

  • orchestra and mp3 (“40)(4.3.3.3)(4.3.3.1) tmp, 5 prc.,hrp, piano (strings)

  • Concerto Nr.2 “Pavilions” (2019) op. 20, for extended timpani, 

  • Cantata Nr.2 “Nevu’ah” (2015) op. 19, for solo soprano, 6 part mixed chorus,19 instrumentalists and mp3 (“40)

  • a time, and times, and half a time (2013) op. 18, for solo snare drummer and synthetic instruments (“10)

  • Cantata Nr.1 “Anesti” (2012) op. 17,for 6 part mixed chorus, 6 instrumentalists, synthetic orchestra/tape (“25)

  • Locutions of Dune (2010) op. 16, for saxophone quartet  (“14)

  • Symphony No.1 “The Staircase of the Tian-Wang” (2006/7)op.15, for 16 antiphonal musicians, synthetic orchestra and mp3(“50)

  • Oikogenia (2006/2016) op. 14, for orchestra (“45)

  • YuYuan Preludes (2005/8) op. 13, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, percussion, violin and piano (“13)

  • Google (2005/14) op. 12, for orchestra (2.2.2.2)(4.2.2.1)(T3)(pno)(strings) (“3)

  • Zoon (2005) op.11a, for solo flute and drone, op.11b(2009) for solo percussion and drone (“12)

  • The Gathering (2004) op. 10, for synthetic ensemble (lute, banjo, cimbalon, harp, hand-bells, koto and shakuhachi) (“6)

  • The Elisabeth Music (2005) op. 9, for violin and orchestra (2.2.2.2)(2.2.2.0)(T2)(cel)(hrp)(strings) (“17)​

  • Taniquetil (2004) op. 8, for orchestra (3.3.3.3)(4.3.3.1)(T4)(pno)(hrp)(strings)(tape) (“18)

  • Concerto for Timpani, Roto-toms and Orchestra (2003) op.7, (3.2.3.2)(4.3.3.1)(4)(pno/cel)(strings) (“25)

  • Angkor (2003) op.6, for 3 trumpets and 3 trombones (“20)

  • Shadow Puppets (2002) op.5, for oboe, vibraphone, harp, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass (“10)

  • The Shaman (1994) op. 4, for solo percussionist and tape (“8)

  • Piano Etudes (1992) op. 3, for solo piano (“15)

  • Escher Themes (1991) op. 2, for orchestra, (3.2.3.2)(4.3.3.1)(T4)(pno/cel)(strings) (“12)

  • The Obligatory Recitative (1989-90) op. 1, for woodwind quintet (“20)