KANNA Award winner for Best Male Artist at the 2010 ABSA KKNK, and more recently KykNET Fiesta winner, James Grace is one of one South Africa’s leading concert artists. In recent years he has appeared with the Cape Philharmonic, the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, the Johannesburg Festival, the Johannesburg Philharmonic, the Gauteng Philharmonic and the Free State Symphony Orchestras in concerti by Villa – Lobos, Tirao, Stephenson, Giuliani and Vivaldi. A regular performer at the major arts festivals and concert series, James’s schedule frequently takes him throughout Southern Africa, Europe and the U.A.E.
James studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell. Upon graduating he became the first guitarist in the history of the College to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student.
After spending two years in Doha, in the Arabian State of Qatar where he taught guitar at an International Music Centre, James returned to South Africa and was appointed Head of Classical Guitar Studies at the University of Cape Town.
James performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Arjan Tien to over 6000 people at Kirstenbosch’s 2017 Summer Concert Series, where ‘Grace’s fingers danced… as if possessed by a demon’ (Rudolph Mare, whatsonincapetown.com).