James Madison Cox joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Horn at the invitation of Music Director Zubin Mehta in 1990. He served as Principal Horn with L'Orchestre National de France in Paris at the request of Kurt Masur 2004-05, and held the position of Principal Horn with the Brussels Opera under Antonio Pappano 1998-2002, concurrent with his full-time IPO duties. In his earlier years he also performed as Principal Horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London under Sir Andrew Davis and L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo under Lawrence Foster.
He has appeared as guest soloist in horn concerti with orchestras in Europe and the US, and made his Israel Philharmonic solo debut with Zubin Mehta conducting in 1992. He gave the first IPO performance of the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with Maestro Mehta in 1999, a work they also took on tour abroad in 2001. He headed IPO hornists in Schumann's Konzertstueck for Four Horns and Orchestra in Israel and Europe in 2005 and 2006. He was heard as soloist in 2010 in Mozart, and in 2011 will play Haydn, both with Mehta conducting.
He has performed in chamber music series in London, Brussels and Israel, collaborating with Frederic Chaslin, Orli Shaham and Gil Shaham. Mr. Cox, 55, is also a teacher with three former students among his colleagues in the horn section of the IPO.