James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was a member of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Radio and London Philharmonic orchestras.
He founded Hazard Chase Limited in 1990. From 1993-1999 he was also a Partner of N.W. Brown and Company, Hazard Chase’s parent organisation at that time. In 1999, as Managing Director, he led a management buy-out. In 2017 he was appointed Chairman of Artium Media Relations Limited. In 2020 he founded James Brown Management after Hazard Chase closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
James has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Midem Classique, the Association of British Orchestras, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum, the American Symphony Orchestra League and IAMA.
James was Chairman of the International Artist Managers’ Association from 2003-2005. In May 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and in April 2012 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association. In January 2013 he received the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Publishing award for 2012 for Artist Manager of the Year.