James Howard Young (1975 – ) is an American multi-instrumentalist who since 2007 has been employed full time by the Royal Danish Theater as ballet pianist at their school in Odense, Denmark. In addition, James works as a freelance voice-over artist with clients that have included Lego, WorkInDenmark.dk, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. James also writes and performs arrangements of classical music using non-traditional instruments on his YouTube channel which has been reviewed and featured on numerous blogs and sites, most recently TimeOut New York ,The Atlantic, and the website of Radio France and the Seattle Symphony and he is included in the Wikipedia article on the Melodica. Aside from performing, James creates and develops Macintosh freeware focusing on interactivity and musical training. His software can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store.
James received his Bachelor of Music in 1997 from Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute, and his Master of Music from New England Conservatory in Boston in 1999. Further studies in Denmark as an American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellow led to a Musician/Performer Diploma from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2002. While studying in Denmark, James was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a Frank Huntington Beebe fellowship and the “Fonden af 1989” award from Bikubenfonden for his involvement with interactive and improvisatory music.