Artsmart: Chilled

Chilled will be enjoyed by all who love solo guitar music, and is sure to make a lot of new converts. (Review by Keith Millar) I have long been a fan of the music of South Africa’s classical guitar maestro, James Grace. So, when he releases a new CD it is, for me, something to [...]

By |2018-02-09T09:01:13+02:00September 27th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

Grocott’s Mail

Grace Delivers Orchestral Sound on His Guitar James Grace, one of South Africa’s top classical guitarists, enthralled the audience at a concert hosted by the Grahamstown Music Society on Tuesday 7 October. Grace, who heads the classical guitar programme at the University of Cape Town, showed why he was the first guitarist to receive the [...]

By |2017-07-19T12:36:00+02:00October 9th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

Artsmart 2014

Choice of music brings the best from the two guitarists. (Review by Keith Millar) The Music Revival Concert Series at the Witness Hilton Arts Festival offered a varied programme of music that would have suited the tastes of most classical music enthusiasts. Catering for the lovers of classical guitar was the concert entitled Two Guitars. [...]

By |2017-07-19T11:20:13+02:00September 24th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

Artsmart 2012

I have been a big fan of Cape Town guitarist James Grace since I saw him play with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra a few years ago. I subsequently bought his CD, Granada, and It fast became one of my favourite albums to listen to while driving long distances. The serene Spanish music soothes the soul [...]

By |2017-07-19T11:20:46+02:00January 26th, 2012|Reviews|0 Comments

The Witness

"…One of the highlights of the concert series must surely have been Cape Town guitarist James Grace with his matinée-idol good looks and beautiful renditions of Spanish guitar music. His technical brilliance, attention to detail and complete absorption in the music he was playing, made his performance an exciting and enjoyable experience." Mary – Anne [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:19:31+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

Die Volksblad

'n Positiewe wind waai oor die Vrystaatse Simfonieorkes “…Al die seksies is na ’n hoër vlak van spel verhef as dit waaraan gehore die afgelope jare uitgelewer was. Die Kaapstadse kitaarsolis James Grace het dit dus goed getref, want uit die aard van dié instrument is die klankbalans ’n kritiese faktor, al het Grace sy [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:19:04+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

The Citizen

Grace under no pressure RECITAL:  James Grace - James Grace, who is head of guitar studies at the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, offered varied musical fare at his Northwards recital. PROGRAMME:  Music by Spanish and Latin-American composers VENUE:  Northwards, Parktown Some of the music was well-known, but most of the [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:16:08+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments


This is the third CD that James Grace has released under his own label, Stringwise Records. Each of his releases focuses on a different aspect of the guitar repertoire, giving them an added advantage for lovers of guitar music. The first, Granada, concentrates on the music of Spain. The second, Portrait, is a somewhat more [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:15:06+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments


Triple Kudos for this Duo - Canciones Españolas with Zanne Stapelberg “… admirably supported by guitarist James Grace, the complete Latin experience unfolds in a spectacle of fire, passion, pathos and beguiling sensitivity. In a magnificently executed opening, Grace’s truly evocative guitar playing conjures up images, sounds and smells of the Latin Spanish world. This is [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:11:23+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

Classic Feel Magazine

One of the 20th Century’s most influential classical guitarists, Andrés Segovia, once said that the mark of a true performer is ‘a sacred fire… that love without which, a performer may be perfect but nothing else.’ South Africa’s own James Grace, as he clearly demonstrates through his concert performances as well as his four acclaimed [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:04:55+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

Artsmart 2009

‘…After the interval, the Cape Town guitarist James Grace joined the orchestra in Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and showed that he is a top-class player with a total command of his instrument. The slow movement has made the name and fortune of this concerto, and the haunting main theme was played most expressively.’ Michael [...]

By |2015-01-26T12:26:18+02:00January 26th, 2009|Reviews|0 Comments

The Herald Online

Superb Grace Concert in PE ATTENDING a classical guitar performance on a Sunday afternoon brought about a welcome change to the usual Port Elizabeth concert calendar, and with it, a fresh crowd of faces. It was indeed encouraging that the auditorium was uncharacteristically full, which only bears testament to the fact that the city has [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:16:46+02:00January 26th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

Classic Feel Magazine

'Billed as one of South Africa’s leading concert guitarists, James Grace studied at the Royal College of Music with Carlos Bonell where he was the first guitarist to receive the Tagore Gold Medal and has also been awarded first prizes in two South African Competitions. On the strength of this, his second recording, he is [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:10:08+02:00January 26th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

Classic Feel Magazine

South Africa’s leading classical guitarist continues his Music of Spain series with this collection of Iberian classics. Grace demonstrates his impeccable technique and mastery of Spanish musical styles with works by Albéniz, Sor, Rodrigo, Malats, de Falla, Granados and Tárrega.  Grace’s recordings are an essential addition to the collection of any fans of classical or flamenco [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:02:55+02:00January 26th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments

Beeld 2008

JPO spoggerig met Gueller en Grace Dit is net menslik dat die hoë standaard wat die Johannesburg Philharmonic in die afgelope twee, drie jaar gevestig het nie altyd gehandhaaf kan word nie: daar is té veel elemente (soos die dirigent, die uiteenlopende orkeslede en die bepaalde repertorium) om te alle tye dié gehalte te waarborg. [...]

By |2015-01-26T12:26:03+02:00January 26th, 2008|Reviews|0 Comments


Villa-Lobos Guitar Concerto Villa-Lobos's Guitar concerto maybe classified as modern (written in 1951) but it has a strong impressionistic flavour, with echoes of Spain constantly recurring. James Grace played with flair, and handles his guitar comfortably. I never liked amplification, but I guess without it, the orchestra would drown the guitar. (and in any event, [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:13:45+02:00January 26th, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

Classic Feel Magazine

“…He has just released his second CD which he has called Portraitand it is a varied recital of important guitar composers and some transcriptions all played with the kind of intensity and elegance for which James Grace has become known. …His first CD Granada featured purely Spanish music, but Portraitbroadens the repertoire to include the weighty ‘Eroica Sonata’ by [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:01:23+02:00January 26th, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

Artsmart 2007

The soloist of the evening was the guitarist James Grace, who teaches this instrument at the University of Cape Town. He played the Guitar Concerto, written in 1951, by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. It is an interesting 20-minute work, in the modern idiom but not aggressively so, with roots in the indigenous music of Brazil. The guitar [...]

By |2015-01-26T12:26:23+02:00January 26th, 2007|Reviews|0 Comments

Die Burger

KLASSIEKE MUSIEK: James Grace and Friends, met James Grace (kitaar), die Universiteit van Kaapstad-kitaarensemble, Reza Khota (kitaar), Tzu-Fan Tang (viool) en Christopher Duigan (klavier). In die Baxter-konsertsaal. James Grace is ? goëlaar met sy kitaar. Dis asof sy vingers en die musiek wat dit optower jou in vervoering opsweep. Daarby spits hy hom nie net toe op [...]

By |2015-01-26T16:12:24+02:00January 26th, 2006|Reviews|0 Comments