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Accordion

James Crabb

James Crabb

James Crabb is supported by Simply Squeezebox Townsville (Bronia Renison, Ofra Fried, Charmaine Barrett, Nanette Hooker, Suva Leitch, Ian and Lee McNicol, Erica and Nick Okamura, 4 anonymous)
James Crabb is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading classical accordionists. 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 was professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen from 1995 - 2010 and held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. Critics internationally have praised him for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship. He has recorded for major labels including EMI Classics, BIS, Chandos, ABC Classics, Da Capo, Simax. Recent highlights include the  World Premiere performance and recording of Brett Dean’s new accordion concerto The Players with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Sally Beamish’s accordion concerto The Singing at London Proms, an on-stage and orchestral role in Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet at Glyndebourne Opera, Cologne Opera and Adelaide Festival, touring Seavaigers double concerto (Beamish) with Anthony Marwood in USA and Canada, New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco, Adam Chamber Music Festival, New Zealand, featuring in CO.3 Dance company’s In Line production in Perth, a tour with Sinfonia Cymru in the UK,  West Australian Symphony’s 2020 season opening Gala, and return engagements to Ukaria, Sydney Symphony and ANAM. This year James will also return to the Canberra International Music Festival, Melbourne Symphony, Ukaria and ANAM

James is also a passionate and sought after music educator, mentor and curator. 

From 2016 – 2020 James was Artistic Director of Four Winds Festival, Bermagui.