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James Kreger

  • Cellist


James Kreger: Internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost cellists of his generation, James Kreger first gained worldwide attention in 1974 at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where he was the top American prizewinner and judges and audiences hailed his playing as “amazingly poetical and technically superb.”

Critics have frequently commented on qualities that set Kreger apart from other cellists, citing his “broad range of expressive nuance” and his deep emotional conviction, allied to a “total command of the instrument” (The New York Times). The distinguished Soviet cellist Daniel Shafran observed that Kreger’s performances “were truly lit up with inspiration,” while musicologist Nicholas Kenyon, reviewing Kreger’s London recital debut at Wigmore Hall, wasted no words: “James Kreger is a marvel.”