James Zimmermann joined the Nashville Symphony as Principal Clarinet in 2008. Originally from Hillsborough, New Jersey, James holds a BM from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and a MM from the University of Minnesota. His principal teachers were Yehuda Gilad and Burt Hara.
James has performed at music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Prize for Outstanding Woodwind Performance. Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, James was a member of the Pacific Symphony. Outside of the Schermerhorn, James maintains a private teaching studio and plays on a wide variety of recording projects all around town. He resides south of Nashville with his family.
James Zimmermann is a Buffet Group USA performing artist who plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets. He is also a Vandoren Artist and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds.