James Howard Young (1975 – ) is an American multi-instrumentalist living in Denmark. As a performer of both improvisatory and standard repertoire, he worked as a pianist with the Royal Danish Theater’s Ballet School for over a decade. Prior employments have included positions as organist at Vester Hæsinge Church and Årslev Church, instructor of recorder and ensemble at various music schools and festivals, and freelance translation and voice-over work.
James received his Bachelor of Music 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 with high honors in 1999 in Historical Performance with Recorder as a major. He was awarded a Frank Huntington Beebe grant for study abroad, leading to a second Master’s degree in Recorder from the Danish National Academy of Music through their pioneering Musician-Performer track. While studying in Denmark, James was offered a Fulbright Fellowship but chose instead to become an American-Scandinavian Fellow. Upon graduation he received a grant from the Bikuben Foundation for his work with interactive performance and improvisation. His principal Recorder teachers were Aldo Abreu, Dan Laurin, and Nikolaj Ronimus while his Clarinet teachers included Steven Barta, Thomas Hill, and Eric Thomas.
James Howard Young 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. His arrangements for recorder of selected concerti of Bach have been downloaded over 15,000 times from IMSLP.org. James has taught recorder at the music schools of Faaborg, Assens and Ringe and instructed recorder technique and ensembles at Amherst Early Music summer workshop, Long Island Recorder Festival, Mideast Early Music Workshop and others.