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Profile: James Grace

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James GraceOne of South Africa’s leading concert guitarists, James Grace is also Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town. A graduate of the Royal College of Music in London, he became the first guitarist in the history of the college to receive the Tagore Gold Medal.

Other accolades include a KANNA Award for Best Male Artist at the 2010 KKNK Festival and two SAMA nominations for Best Instrumental Album. Grace founded his independent record label, Stringwise Records, in 2005 and has set up the Stringwise Young Artists Fund, which aims to provide a platform for young artists to produce their own albums and study further overseas.

Grace often gives solo performances but can also be seen in collaboration with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Free-State Symphony, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, Alessandro Crudele and Jonathan Crossley and has performed at Kirstenbosch’s Summer Concert Series and at the Baxter Theatre.

Genre: Classical

Discography:

  • Granada
  • Portrait
  • Cafe Latino (2009)
  • Sevilla (2010)
  • World Cafe (2011)

Places to see him in Cape Town: Baxter Theatre, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Awards:

  • ABSA KKNK KANNA Award for Best Male Artist (2010)

Website: www.jamesgrace.co.zaFacebook: James Grace

“His performance perfectly exemplified not just the versatility of the acoustic guitar but the depth of emotion that can be reached when passion is coupled with true mastery.” Read our review of James Grace performing at the Centre for the Book.

 

 

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