James Shearman is widely recognized as a premier British orchestrator and conductor who has contributed to the scores of over 100 feature films including Uncharted (Sony), Death on the Nile (FOX), Aladdin (Disney), Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Manchester by the Sea (Amazon), Cinderella (Disney), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (FOX), Brave (Pixar), Bridget Jones’s Diary (Working Title), Thor (Marvel), Shakespeare in Love (Universal), Gosford Park (Capitol), Murder on the Orient Express (FOX), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros) and numerous others.

Today, in addition to his work in film soundtracks, James regularly performs in the concert hall, conducting both film and concert music with some of the worlds leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, ORF Vienna Radio Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical versatility and informal style make him sought after by both orchestra and audience, with an eclectic concert repertoire that includes film music, film with live orchestra, pop, classical, musical theatre and opera.

James was born in England. He studied composition and conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won two composition prizes. In his final year of studies, as part of the Academy’s annual music festival, Shearman was commissioned to compose a piece honouring the career of legendary film composer John Williams. The piece was premiered as part of the British Film Festival 1996 to John Williams himself, who was impressed with the composition and it’s accomplished orchestration. Shearman has since orchestrated and/or conducted for many of Hollywood’s Academy Award winning and/or nominated composers including Ramin Djawadi, Elliot Goldenthal, Alberto Iglesias, Mark Isham, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Alan Menken, John Powell, Gabriel Yared, Hans Zimmer, and most notably Patrick Doyle, whom he has a particularly long standing and successful collaboration.

James recently orchestrated and conducted Bear McCreary’s music for the film with live orchestra Outlander: Series Six Premiere Concert (Starz/Sony) at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir.

James is also a composer who has written film scores, concert music, an original musical and several Gold and Platinum album selling classical cross-over songs. He co-wrote the U.S. platinum selling song Dream a Dream (Sony Classical) recorded by Charlotte Church, which sold over 1.6 million copies in the U.S alone.

In 2015 James was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, awarded to former Academy students who have distinguished themselves within the music profession. He resides in London, UK.