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).

James recently released his seventh studio album; Andaluza – Music of Spain III (available here) featuring works by Granados, Pujol, Rodrigo, Llobet, Sainz de la Maza and Turina, under the banner of his independently owned and operated record label, Stringwise Records.

James’s 2018 album, Chilled, received a South African Music Award nomination (SAMA). Two of his previous releases Sevilla – Music of Spain II and Café Latino both topped the Classic FM Top 20 South African Charts and earned James SAMA nominations for Best Popular Classical Album and Best Instrumental Album respectively.

As an entrepreneur and concert promoter, James often hosts and collaborates with visiting artists, having organized and performed a nationwide tour with Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanksi in 2018.

James is currently touring with his acclaimed show Recuerdos, in association with Carli Spanish Dance Productions and Ilse Moore underwater photography. The show recently enjoyed a sold-out run at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg and will be coming to the Western Cape this year, notably at Stellenbosch’s Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in February and Cape Town’s Theatre on the Bay in March.