James Howard Young (1975 – ) is an American multi-instrumentalist living in Denmark. He works as accompanist at The Royal Danish Theatre’s Ballet School in Odense where he accompanies daily lessons in classical ballet and modern dance on piano, percussion, and various wind instruments. He is also employed as organist at Årslev Church
James received his BM with honors in clarinet from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Further studies at New England Conservatory led to a Master’s degree in 1999 in Historical Performance. He was awarded that school’s Frank Huntington Beebe grant for study abroad, leading to a second Master’s degree from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark. While studying in Denmark, James received an American-Scandinavian Fellowship and a grant from the Bikuben Foundation for his work with interactive performance and improvisation. He has performed extensively on historical and modern wind instruments both as a soloist and chamber musician with ensembles such as New York City Opera, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Zimmermann and Patchworks recorder trio. James also works as a freelance Danish to English translator and as a voice-over artist for clients that have included Lego and WorkInDenmark.dk.