About James A. Grymes

James A. Grymes

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“When you think of ‘music history,’ you probably think of something dry, cold, and unemotional. Music historian James A. Grymes will change your mind.”
– Westchester Magazine

James A. Grymes is an internationally respected musicologist, a critically acclaimed author, and a dynamic speaker who has addressed audiences at significant public venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Dr. Grymes has been featured in interviews by the New York Times, ABC News, and CNN, and has written essays for the Huffington Post and the Israeli music magazine Opus.

He is the author of Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour (Harper Perennial, 2014). A stirring testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music, Violins of Hope tells the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust, and of the Israeli violinmaker dedicated to bringing these inspirational instruments back to life. Violins of Hope is the winner of a National Jewish Book Award.

Dr. Grymes is Professor of Musicology and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is represented by John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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