James Crabb


Scottish born James Crabb is one of the world’s leading ambassadors of the classical accordion. 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.

James’ great passion and acclaimed authority for the music of Astor Piazzolla has resulted in collaborations with the original members of Piazzolla’s own quintet along with two highly acclaimed recordings, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and with Richard Tognetti and the Tango Jam quintet.

Highlights of recent seasons include performing Piazzolla’s Aconcagua with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Ulster Orchestra, concerto for accordion The Singing (Sally Beamish) at the BBC Proms, conducting and performing Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Victorian Opera), as well as performing at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

This year James’ engagements include working as mentor and teacher at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp, giving numerous recitals together with Genevieve Lacey, and appearing at the Canberra Chamber Music Festival and Huntington Festival.

James has also embarked on two new exciting collaborations, one with violinist Anthony Marwood and the other with recorder player Genevieve Lacey. Crabb-Lacey’s first recording together with ABC Classics, Heard This and Thought of You, has been released.