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”. Jim is a Remo Orchestral Artist and an endorser of Pearl/Adams Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Freer . He is also on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.