James Crabb


What sparks creativity for you?


To be given the opportunity to express and communicate freely and naturally with and without others through many diverse musical genres all of which strongly resonate with my musical voice and my chosen instrument. To share this experience with like-minded colleagues with similar core values which is as much to do about personality as musicality can also ignite something special creatively speaking.

Short Bio

James Crabb studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen and was professor there from 1995–2010. He also held a long-standing guest professorship at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria.

James was awarded the Carl Nielsen Music Prize, Denmark (1991) and critics internationally continually praise him for his breathtaking virtuosity and versatile musicianship.

In 2019 James gave the World Premiere of Brett Dean’s accordion concerto The Players in Sweden and recorded for the BIS label. He also featured in CO3 Dance company’s In Line production in Perth, WA.

Future projects include Israel CO, MSO, WASO, London Philharmonic Orch, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, ANAM and at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

James was Artistic Director of Four Winds from 2016-2020.

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James Crabb





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