Flutist Barry J. Crawford is a founding member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and a core member of Talea Ensemble, Poetica Musica, Ensemble Meme, and Ensemble Pi. As a guest artist he has performed with counter)induction, Cygnus Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, Fireworks Ensemble, Nunc, Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, Buffalo Chamber Players, Brandenburg Ensemble, Quintet of the Americas, Strathmere Ensemble, Sequitur, and is principal flute of the Spectrum Symphony in New York City. He has performed in numerous internationally recognized music festivals, such as Mostly Mozart, the Lincoln Center Festival, June in Buffalo, the Spoleto Festival in Italy, the Pablo Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Bergen Festival in Norway, the International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, and has performed in chamber concerts and new music festivals in Argentina, Poland, Czech Republic, Tunisia, Denmark, Jamaica, Guyana, Iceland, France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Finland, Montenegro, Kosovo, Tajikistan & Azerbaijan.
"Crawford always performs with steely accuracy and a superb, singing tone," “is a musician with guts…and brought a robust flute sound". (New York Sun) and “played with precision and warmth" (New York Times).
The Southampton Press said of his performances, " … Crawford's playing was superb. I admired his tone, his phrasing and breath control, and the joy-giving communicative quality of his playing.'' "Crawford is a superb flutist with a silvery tone, exquisite phrasing, and a fluid deftness".
Mr. Crawford has been a guest soloist in major concert halls across the United States, including Boston Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and the Symphony Center in Chicago. He has been featured on the McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase on WQXR both as a soloist and chamber player, and has recorded for several television commercials, film soundtracks, popular music recordings and regularly performs in pit orchestras for Broadway productions.
Currently Assistant Professor of Flute at the State University of New York at Fredonia, he has previously served on the faculties of the University at Buffalo, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and is part of the performing/coaching staff at the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center where he has premiered hundreds of new works by emerging composers. Mr. Crawford studied with Samuel Baron at Stony Brook University, Tara Helen O'Connor at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and Judith Mendenhall at the Mannes College of Music. He has recorded for Albany, Decca Records and Pi Recordings, among others.
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