Canada's "preeminent clarinetist and wind soloist" The Toronto Star
Professor of Clarinet at
Indiana University School of Music
James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award, a Roy Thomson Hall Award, the 1989 Canada's Artist of the Year, and in 1997 Campbell received Canada's highest honor: the Order of Canada.
Mr. Campbell used a Légère reed for the manhattan echoes recording, which has recently been released on the Marquis Classics Label.
The subject of numerous features and cover stories in Clarinet Magazine (USA), Clarinet and Sax (UK), Piper Magazine (Japan) and Gramophone, James Campbell is also featured in the book Clarinet Virtuosi of Today, by British author and clarinet authority Pamela Weston.
Called "Canada's pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist", by the Toronto Star, James Campbell has performed in most of the world's major concert halls. Campbell has also collaborated and performed with many of the world's great musicians including the late Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, Elly Ameling, Janos Starker, as well as the Borodin Trio, Penderecki, Amadeus, Guarneri, Fine Arts, Allegri, Manhattan, and Colorado String Quartets.
He has been a guest soloist with over 50 orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, The National Radio-Television Orchestra of Spain, the Belgrade Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Of Campbell's extensive discography many have won international acclaim. Most recently on Cala Records, are the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with the Allegri Quartet that was voted "Top Choice" by BBC Radio 3 and the world premiere recording of Brahms Sonata Op. 120 No. 1, orchestrated by Luciano Berio, with the London Symphony Orchestra. Another is the re-release of Debussy's Première Rhapsodie on Sony Classical with Glenn Gould. During 2000, James Campbell appeared on CBC Records BrahmsŸ Jenner Trios and Gerald Finzi -Meditation.
James Campbell also tours with Classical Jazz and Da Camera and is artistic director of Festival of the Sound. Since 1989, James Campbell makes Bloomington his base during the academic year as Professor of Music at the prestigious Music School of Indiana University.