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Artist Biography

James Crabb

James Crabb

…an accordionist of dazzling virtuosity..., an embryonic genius emerged in James Crabb and a fine ambassador for his choSen instrument… — Michael White, The Independent on Sunday, UK

Scottish born James Crabb is one of the world's leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991.

Critics have praised him for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship. He has performed as soloist with orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & Nash Ensemble.

James' great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla has resulted in collaborations with the original members of Piazzolla's own quintet along with two highly acclaimed recordings, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with Richard Tognetti and the Tango Jam quintet. James has also recorded for EMI Classics transcriptions of Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.

In 2005 he directed from the accordion Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires at the Royal Danish Opera.

He was professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1995 and also held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

Highlights of the 2011/12 season include performances as soloist/director with the Camerata Salzburg at the Mozarteum, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the world premiere of a new accordion concerto by Rolf Hind, for the BBC Symphony Orchestra. James will also make his conducting debut with the Irish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Dublin.

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