In October 2016, James Crabb was appointed as Artistic Director of Four Winds, responsible for the renowned Four Winds Easter Festival, in addition to a fast-growing year-round program of performances, workshops, residencies and musical experiences.
Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents and ambassadors of his chosen instrument, James has performed with the world’s foremost musicians, conductors and orchestras across the globe.
He has been professor of classical accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1995 to 2010 and has also taught as a guest professor/educator at leading music institutions across Europe, North America and in Asia.
However, Crabb feels that above and beyond his qualifications and experience, it’s his lifelong curiosity for music that made him the outstanding leader for the position at Four Winds.
His vision he says, is to “build the future of Four Winds as a unique flagship Australian arts organisation, presenting a diverse program that is international in its outlook but rooted in such an exceptional place.”
Originally from Dundee, Scotland, and having spent much of his career in Europe, James moved to Sydney in 2010, with his Australian musician wife and two young sons, also budding musicians.
When not playing, listening to or researching music, he can be found on the hockey field, representing Sydney University, NSW state team as well as the Scotland Masters National team.