Artist Bios

James Campbell, clarinet

James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award for Stolen Gems [Marquis Records], 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 Medal. This was given on the occasion of the Queen to the throne.

Called by the Toronto Star "Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist", James Campbell has performed in most of the world's major concert halls and with over 50 orchestras, including the London Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Russian Philharmonic. During the 2003–2004 season he performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops in the premiere of Dreaming of the Masters, a jazz concerto by Allan Gilliland, commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony and written for James Campbell.

Campbell has collaborated and performed with many of the world's great musicians, including Aaron Copland and the late Glenn Gould; as well as chamber music tours with over 30 string quartets, including the legendary Amadeus String Quartet, the Guarneri, Vermeer, New Zealand, St Lawrence, Fine Arts, and Allegri String Quartets.

Currently, Mr. Campbell tours with Trio Mosaique (clarinet, viola and piano), the New Zealand Quartet, and with jazz pianist Gene DiNovi.

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

Campbell has been the subject of numerous features and cover stories in Clarinet Magazine (United States), 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 summer chamber music festival, The Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario. As artistic director, 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. In 2003 Festival of the Sound opened its very own 500-seat concert hall, the Charles W. Stockey Festival Performance Hall.

Since 1989, James Campbell has made Bloomington, Indiana, his base during the academic year as Professor of Music at the prestigious music school of Indiana University.

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