James Crabb

Classical Accordion

Artistic Director, Four Winds Festival

Management: Australasia

Website: http://www.jamescrabb.com

 Sally Beamish, The Singing,  BIS Recordings with Royal Scottish National Orchestra
“…a brilliant performance from James Crabb’
Bruce Reader, Classical Reviewer, 31 October 2015

 “…The Singing – executed with effortless fluency and contagious flair by its dedicatee James Crabb
Paul Riley, BBC Music Magazine December 2015

 “The great strength of this Victorian Opera production, directed by Leigh Warren, is the impressive Tango Nuevo Ensemble, with James Crabb’s remarkable classical accordion that expresses the passionate heart of Piazolla’s tango.”
Kate Herbert, Herald Sun

‘”…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

“…Crabb was a magnificent soloist with outstanding tonal variety, rhythmical conviction and a superb sense of colour and projection”’
 Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

“… Crabb presented himself as a consummate master of his instrument…’
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, UK

Scottish born James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with classical accordion pioneer Mogens Ellegaard and was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark in 1991. James has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival.

Critics internationally have praised him for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship. He has performed worldwide 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, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

His solo and chamber music repertoire ranges from original contemporary works, frequently collaborating with composers, to transcriptions from Baroque through to the 21st Century, Tango Nuevo and folk music. He also performs and directs chamber orchestras from the instrument.

James’ great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla has been highlighted by several concert performances with the original members of Piazzolla’s own quintet along with two highly acclaimed recordings, Song of the Angel as soloist and arranger with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and The Quintets with Richard Tognetti and the quintet named Tango Jam. He is also featured in the documentary Astor Piazzolla in Portrait published by Opus Arte. In 2005 James directed from the accordion Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at the Royal Danish Opera.

James has recorded with his accordion duo colleague Geir Draugsvoll for EMI Classics transcriptions of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. This duo performs regularly worldwide and collaborates frequently with the Tero Saarinen Dance Company from Finland.

James Crabb is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au 
 November 2016
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