George Crotty is a crossover cellist from Toronto, Canada. He retraces his family lineage to both Irish fiddlers in Co. Clare, and a family of proud Jewish musicians descended from Felix Mendelssohn. A recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, George aspires to forge a new linguistic path for the cello, integrating elements from Eastern, Celtic, and Jazz traditions. He looks to cello pioneers like Eugene Friesen, Natalie Haas, Rufus Cappadoccia, Mark Summer, and Erik Friedlander for inspiration, among others.
Beginning cello lessons at the age of five, his classical training over the next decade would form the foundation of his education, culminating at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In addition to winning a scholarship to play in his local Oakville Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and 2009, George was accepted to St. Michael’s Choir School, where he graduated in 2013. There he was introduced to the idea of service through music, in addition to the study of western music's mystical heritage: Gregorian Chant. George began playing electric bass in rock bands after choir practice, and eventually developed an interest in recording. He currently produces and plays in the 2Birds Band - a group aimed at redefining strings in modern music, in which he specialized in both acoustic and electric performance. He has recently performed with oud / violin virtuoso, Simon Shaheen, through Canada and the US, as well as with fiddle guru, Darol Anger, in Boston, and Toulouse, France.
"George has a deep background in music, and has found a musical voice on the cello that reflects his love for music, for collaboration, and for a global culture. Thoughtful and articulate, George is a creative sideman as well as an engaging soloist."
- Eugene Friesen
"George is the ideal 21st-century musician: master of his instrument and adept in many styles. The future of the cello in alternative string music is safe in his hands!"
"George is a uniquely thoughtful and versatile young cellist who brings a command of his instrument and a dedication to improvisation, making him a valuable addition to any musical environment!"
- Mike Block
"George is an extraordinarily intelligent and versatile musician. Whether playing electric cello in a post-bop fusion ensemble, leading a classical string section, or improvising a solo in traditional Arabic music, George brings an energy, intensity, and commitment that elevates the group and captivates listeners."
- David Wallace, D.M.A.
Chair, String Department, Berklee College of Music