Michael Shingo Crawford
Michael Shingo Crawford

Michael Shingo Crawford

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Hi! I'm Michael and I am a violinist and composer available to perform at events and teach lessons. PERFORMING I am a violinist, composer, and arranger who presents classical, popular, and anime music, as well as my original compositions, in a wide variety of settings, including concert halls, celebrations, and weddings. I collaborate with musicians from Philadelphia and most commonly perform as solo violin, violin/cello duo, or violin/harp duo. My goal as a musician is to contribute a tailored musical selection for every event. I am able to meet the needs of a wide range of occasions and would love to have the opportunity to collaborate with you in making your event a truly spectacular experience. - My song list can be found on my website linked in my profile. - I have event insurance coverage through Insurance Canopy. TEACHING In my teaching, I emphasize efficient, goal-oriented practice, and provide a strong technical foundation while always keeping musicality and expression in mind. I encourage my students to develop problem-solving skills that will ultimately allow them to create their own interpretations about a piece of music. I believe that each student has a different learning style and, with this knowledge, I design a program of study specifically for them. Learning music is all about tackling technical or musical problems in many different ways until we find an approach that works for you. As multi-instrumentalist who also writes music, I can offer many different perspectives on a single issue and draw from a wide range of knowledge that serves me in my daily creative pursuits.
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Hired 52 times

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8 years in business

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2021

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Kate M.
Jul 18, 2022
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Michael played violin for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. He was prompt and professional. He listened to our music requests. Everyone kept saying what a wonderful violinist he was and his music helped make our wedding even more special. I would recommend him to anyone!

Details: Wedding ceremony • 76 - 100 guests • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • Other strings • Variety • Outdoors

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Rolf R.
May 23, 2022
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Michael did an absolutely phenomenal job. I was completely blown away with his playing ability. I had modest expectations when I used this site, but his skill at playing the violin amazed me. I had asked him to learn two music pieces of music and he played them flawlessly. The pieces were multi-instrumental and he wove in-between the melodies which were usually played by different instruments/vocalists. He also writes and plays his own arrangements that I highly recommend!

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 31 - 50 years old • Other strings • Other • Other

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Lori B.
Feb 22, 2022
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My wedding isn’t until February so I haven’t heard him perform live yet. So far he has been responsive and easy to work with. We’re very excited to have him perform for us! I’ll update after the wedding. Update: my wedding was two weeks ago. Michael and the harpist Rebecca did an amazing job! They were such a highlight and so worth every penny. They made our wedding truly special. They covered such a range of music and my guests are still talking about the LOTR cover! I am so excited to see my wedding video to watch them because unfortunately as the bride, I didn’t get to see the entire performance. All of my guests wondered how I landed such world-class talent at my wedding! Definitely book Michael, cut some other budget expense if you need to, bc you won’t regret it! There is nothing as moving as walking down the aisle to a live violin! I wish I could have a second wedding just to watch them play again!

Details: Wedding ceremony • 76 - 100 guests • 12 years old or younger • 13 - 17 years old • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • Other strings • Variety • Covers • Banquet hall / ballroom

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Johanne E.
Aug 2, 2021
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Michael was wonderful. He arrived at the venue early, set up his music stand, tuned up and was ready to go. He beautifully played the requested pieces. He was knowledgeable in helping me to select an additional piece. I highly recommend him!

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 31 - 50 years old • 51 or older • 12 years old or younger • Other strings • Guitar • Other • Other

Michael Shingo Crawford's reply
Thank you Johanne, I'm glad that the music could make a meaningful contribution to the ceremony.
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Tracey L.
Jun 29, 2021
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Michael’s performance for my mother-in-law’s birthday was outstanding. He was punctual, well prepared, and very professional. He played outdoors at a retirement community on a warm,humid night, but my mother-in-law’s friends were so entertained by his program that they want him to return! We are so grateful that he brought such great joy to everyone who was there.

Details: General event / party • 25 guests or fewer • 18 - 30 years old • 51 or older • Other strings • Variety • Outdoors

Michael Shingo Crawford's reply
Thank you Tracey, it was a lot of fun to share my music with your family and friends!
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