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Winner of the 1st. place in the IX International Cello Competition "Carlos Prieto" in Morelia (Mexico) in 2018.


Cellist John-Henry Crawford, 26, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey (principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic) and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. In that institution he was awarded the Nina and Billy Albert Scholarship and entered it at the age of 15 and was the principal cellist of the Curtis Orchestra in his last year of studies. He is currently on a scholarship at the Juilliard School in New York where he continues his preparation with Joel Krosnick; In addition, he has studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz. John-Henry made his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as First Prize Winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition. He received praise from the Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that he "projected a polished charisma and singing sound in Prokofiev's Symphony Concertante." He was one of only two American cellists selected worldwide to take part in the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. John-Henry was invited to give a recital at the Louvre International Concert Series in Paris, and in 2015 won First Prize in cello and Grand Prize at the American String Teachers Association National Soloist Competition. He has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Memphis Symphony and the Dvořák Concerto with the Shreveport Symphony. He has given concerts in 26 states of the American Union, as well as in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, Belgium and Mexico. Crawford has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Rapides and Mesquite Symphonies, and has been awarded numerous competitions, including the Lynn Harrell of the National Music Teachers Association and the Dallas Symphony. He was accepted into the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland, where he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum and Torleif Thedeen. His television performances have been seen on Philadelphia's WHYY, and he appears in the documentary "Maestro Movie."

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