James Campbell

James Campbell - © Gami Simonds Management / photographer Bruno Schrecker

born on 10/8/1949 in Leduc, Alberta, Canada

James Campbell (clarinetist)

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James Campbell (b. Leduc, Alberta, near Edmonton, 10 August 1949) is a Canadian/American clarinetist. James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada's Artist of the Year and the Order of Canada. Most recently, Campbell received The Queen's Golden Jubilee

Called by the Toronto Star Canadas pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist, James Campbell has performed solo and chamber music concerts in 30 countries, has been soloist with over 60 orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the London Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, and the Montreal Symphony and has performed Coplands Clarinet Concerto four times with Aaron Copland conducting. He has appeared with over 30 string quartets, including the Amadeus (when he replaced an ailing Benny Goodman on a tour of California), Guarneri, Vermeer, New Zealand, Fine Arts, Allegri and St Lawrence Quartets.

More than 30 works have been written for James Campbell, including works by James Macmillan (Scotland) Jacques Hetu (Canada), David Baker (US), George Shearing (UK/US), Wilhem Jetts (Holland), and Keiko Harada (Japan). Dreaming of the Masters, a jazz concerto by Allan Gilliland, and commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony, received its premieres with the Edmonton Symphony (Canada) and the Boston Pops (US). Gilliland also arranged Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story for Campbell (premiered with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra).

Coming off his 26th season as Artistic Director of Festival of the Sound, during 2010-2011 James will team up with other musicians for exciting collaborations that embody classical, jazz and the unknown......

Spirit '20 with James Campbell, Mark Fewer, Guy Few, James McKay, John Novacek and Chloe Dominguez featuring music of the 1920s

New Zealand String Quartet - clarinet quintets by Mozart, Brahms, Weber, Gilliland, Baker, McMillan, Schbert..in association with Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd

Teaching career

Since 1989 Campbell has been teaching clarinet at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Awards, Honours and Press

Of Campbell's extensive discography many have won international acclaim. Most recent releases include the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet, voted "Top Choice" by BBC Radio 3, the world premiere recording of Brahms [orchestrated Berio Sonata Op. 120 No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra (both on Cala Records); and the Sony Classical re-release of the Debussy Premier Rhapsody with Glenn Gould.

Campbell is the subject of numerous features and cover stories in Clarinet Magazine (US), Clarinet and Sax (UK), Piper Magazine (Japan), Gramophone, and in the book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today, by British author and clarinet authority Pamela Weston. In 1984, James Campbell was named Artistic Director of the annual summer chamber music festival in Parry Sound, ON, the Festival of the Sound. Mr. Campbell has taken the Festival to England on three occasions and it has been the subject of documentaries by BBC Television, CBC Television and TV Ontario.

He won the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Talent Festival and the JM International Clarinet Competition in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1971. In 1972 he represented Canada at the 26th Congress of the International Federation of JM at Augsburg. Additionally, he was a semi-finalist in the Budapest International Clarinet Competition in 1970.

He was a jury member on various competitions, including the 1987 Jeunesses Musicales International Competition in Belgrade, along with Walter Boeykens (Belgium), Thea King (UK), Ludwig Kurkiewicz (Poland), Milenko Stefanovic (Yugoslavia), Ernest Ackun (Yugoslavia), Marko Rudzak (Yugoslavia) and Stjepan Rabuzin (Yugoslavia)

The Canadian Music Council named him artist of the year in 1989, and he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1997.

External links

  • Official website
  • Festival of the Sound
  • The Music Maker
  • Campbell's web page at the Indiana University website
  • Biography at Pyne/Clarion website
  • Biography at Barries Colours of Music website

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