“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of James Crabb as our Artistic Director with responsibility to lead our year-round program of activities as well as our iconic biennial Easter Festival,” said Chair of the Board Sheena Boughen. “James is an internationally acclaimed classical accordionist and a highly respected and passionate music educator. He will deliver a vibrant, international program of events, which will animate our beautiful performance spaces, ‘Nature’s Concert Hall’, just south of Bermagui on the far south coast of NSW.”
James commented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to build the future of Four Winds as a unique, flagship Australian arts organisation. I am excited about the prospect of a diverse program that is truly international in its outlook but rooted in such an exceptional place. The community is such an important part of Four Winds, and creating projects and musical experiences with and for the local community is as exciting as our potential to reach audiences nationally and internationally through our program.”
A performer at the 2012 Four Winds Festival, James has appeared at many festivals globally including at Aldeburgh and the London Proms, and with the ACO in Japan and Europe. He is renowned for his exciting performances of repertoire spanning six centuries as well as being an authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla. James’ diverse background includes performing with Neil Finn and Patti Smith, music theatre productions, contemporary dance collaborations and two longstanding professorships of Classical Accordion departments in Denmark and Austria. James has extensive experience as a musical director, recording producer and has recorded with various leading labels and artists internationally.
“Music-making at any level must be a two-way natural, enjoyable, memorable and enriching experience for the performer and listener regardless of age, knowledge, ability or experience. I aspire to excellence but this is not to be confused with elitism – music is for everyone!” – James Crabb
CLICK HERE to listen to ABC South East interview with James Crabb – 21 Oct 2016