Cellist John-Henry Crawford has been lauded for his “polished charisma” and “singing sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and in 2019 was First-Prize Winner of the IX International Carlos Prieto Cello Competition and named Young Artist of the Year by the Classical Recording Foundation. Crawford gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as First-Prize Winner of the orchestra’s Greenfield Competition and has performed as soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, and Highland Park Strings. Crawford’s competition prizes also include Grand Prize and First-Prize Cellist at the 2015 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, the Lynn Harrell Competition of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, and the Kingsville International Competition. Crawford holds degrees from Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard School. He performs on a rare 200-year-old European cello smuggled out of Austria by his grandfather, Dr. Robert Popper, who evaded Kristallnacht in 1938.