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. He accompanies daily lessons in classical ballet and modern dance where he performs on the piano, frame drum, bendir, and numerous recorders. He is also employed as organist at Årslev Church.
Originally trained as an orchestral clarinetist, James received his BM with honors from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Further studies in Early Music at New England Conservatory led to a Master’s degree in 1999 in Historical Performance – Recorder. He was awarded that school’s Frank Huntington Beebe award for study abroad, leading to a Musician – Performer Diploma from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Southern Denmark. While studying in Denmark, James was the recipient of an American-Scandinavian Fellowship and a grant from the Bikuben Foundation.
James’ interests range from music of the early Renaissance to contemporary improvisation. At one time or another, he has performed on baritone saxophone with dance bands, clarinet with numerous orchestras, lounge piano, laptop, crumhorn, melodica and slide whistle (among others). He has composed, translated, arranged, printed, copied, and otherwise manipulated music for most of his life, some of which is represented in Projects.