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James  Oliver  Buswell IV

Obituary for James Oliver Buswell IV

December 4, 1946 - September 28, 2021
Wakefield, Massachusetts | Age 74

American virtuoso violinist, conductor, Grammy nominated recording artist, and educator


American virtuoso violinist, conductor, Grammy nominated recording artist, and educator, James Buswell passed away on Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021 in Boston. He was 74.

James Buswell first burst onto the music scene as the youngest soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at age seven. His musical career spanned almost 7 decades and included performances of over 100 violin concerti on 5 continents with major orchestras and many of the greatest conductors. Through his teaching, chamber music playing, conducting, and numerous recordings, he has touched countless lives. The music world today mourns the loss of this musical and intellectual giant.

Jamie was the beloved husband of cellist, Carol Ou with whom he shared 21 years of marriage. Cherished father of Anna Buswell, William Buswell, Joshua Buswell, and Rachel English. Also survived by 4 grandchildren, and his brother-in-law, Sam Ou of Boston.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to gather for a Funeral Service celebrating his life at the First Congregational Church, 121 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10am. Masks are required for all in attendance.

The Funeral Service for Jamie will be livestreamed. To watch the service remotely, please use the following link on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10am EST:

Gifts in honor Jamie's life may be made to:
Mass Audubon,
Community MusicWorks
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Doctors Without Borders
Mariposa Museum and World Cultural Center

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