Artist Bio

John-Henry Crawford, cello

A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, cellist John-Henry Crawford has been hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for having “projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto.” He was one of only two U.S. cellists chosen to compete in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia. He gave his European debut at the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris and won Grand Prize at the 2015 American String Teachers National Solo Competition. Recent engagements include concerto performances with the Memphis Symphony and Shreveport Symphony. He was featured twice on NPR’s From the Top and has performed in twenty-two states as well as in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. His performances have been on WHYY public television in Philadelphia, he was included in the documentary Maestro, and he was interviewed and quoted in the best-selling book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Crawford performed at the inaugural season of the Tippet Rise Art Center this summer in Montana alongside pianist Christopher O’Riley. He has performed a wide spectrum of music, ranging from early music as part of the Curtis Collegium to works by John Adams and Joan Tower with members of the contemporary music group Eighth Blackbird. John-Henry Crawford performs on a rare European cello smuggled out of Austria during the Holocaust by his grandfather, cellist Robert Popper. He also enjoys reading, swimming, and performing magic tricks.