I am a violinist, composer, and arranger based in Philadelphia with lots of experience performing in concerts, events, and weddings both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.
My goal is to provide a memorable and unique touch to your event by presenting a selection of music tailored specifically for the occasion. As a frequent collaborator with other performers in the city, I am always delighted to bring in other musicians to form a group. If I seem like a good fit, send me a message and we can discuss further!
I have had the opportunity to work with Michael in a variety of musical capacities. He's my ensemble's core violinist, having performed with us in nearly ever show we've done (from new opera to Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire'). I've also worked with him in organizing the Temple Composers Orchestra, where he is the concert master. There he helped coach the string section in approaching complex new music and led the orchestra through six premieres. He is incredibly reliable, honest, hard working, always prepared, and has an abounding creative and musical mind. His insight, talent, and dedication make everyone around him better, and I know that if he's in my ensemble, or playing my piece, or writing for my ensemble, the music making will be better. I cannot recommend him highly enough to anyone!
I've had the pleasure of working on a number of projects in professional capacities with Michael. With confidence I can attest to his professionalism, punctuality, and most importantly his splendid musical capacities. I would highly recommend him for any event or setting in need of a violinist.
Michael is greatly gifted, an excellent violinist, always extremely prepared, and most affable.
Price Range: $100 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Japanese
What to Expect
- A series of short classical or popular music arranged for strings, customized for your event.
- Highly skilled and versatile musicians.
Michael Shingo Crawford holds a Masters in Music from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Emory University. As an active violinist, he performs regularly with ENAensemble in addition to freelancing. For both 2018 and 2019, he was concertmaster of Temple Composers Orchestra, a chamber orchestra dedicated to performing Temple student compositions. While at Emory , he served as concertmaster of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and was the winner of the 2015-2016 Concerto and Aria Competition with his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Over the summers, he has attended the Dalí Quartet International Music Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, Eastern Music Festival, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and Franklin Pond Chamber Music College Festival. He currently teaches private violin lessons at Music & Arts Lawrence Park.
Michael has wide-ranging interests beyond music. As a freelance photographer, he specializes in portrait sessions and headshots for musicians and has also worked with weddings, events, and product photography. He is equally at home in graphic design and publicity work, and has extensive experience organizing and promoting musical events.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 29, 2020 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Here is a partial listing of the songs that I typically play:
- Bach - Air on G
- Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
- Pachelbel - Canon in D
- Handel - Music for the Royal Fireworks
- Schubert - Ave Maria
- John Legend - All of Me
- Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
- Theme from Secret Garden
- Etta James - At Last
- Des-ree - Kissing You
- A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet
I am very open to requests for specific songs and am happy to arrange anything that I have not played before, either for solo violin or multiple instruments!
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