Crispin Campbell


Crispin Campbell was instructor of cello and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Academy for a generation. He is currently cello faculty at the Interlochen Cello Institute and the Clazz Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. He has just completed a visiting Professor of Cello position at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, winter semester 2022. He was founder and Artistic Director of the Manitou Music Festival in Leelanau County, Michigan from 1991 to 2004.

Crispin’s musical interests are wide, ranging from the classical cello repertoire to varying styles of improvisation, including jazz, blues, folk and Latin American music. He is constantly seeking a relationship between the “Classics” and music of our time.  His collaborative performances have involved chamber music with his colleagues at Interlochen, as well as members of the Juilliard, Fine Arts and Stradivari Quartets, the Raphael Trio, and members of the Chicago and Detroit Symphonies.  His improvisational playing with the Crispin Campbell Quartet, cellist Eugene Friesen, violinist Jeremy Cohen, the Neptune Quartet and others involves appearances at music festivals and concert venues both nationwide and internationally.

Crispin’s students hold positions in orchestras, chamber groups and conservatories worldwide, such as the Kronos,Telegraph and Isidore Quartets, the Seattle, Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Winnipeg (Canada), Valencia (Spain) and Bergen (Norway) symphonies, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Grand Valley State University, among others. A native Californian, his major teachers were Margaret Rowell and George Sopkin. He resides in Traverse City, Michigan.