Craig Ogden – classical guitar
“ A worthy successor to Julian Bream”. BBC Music Magazine
Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. In 2004, he became the youngest instrumentalist to receive a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim.
Craig Ogden has performed concertos with many of the world’s leading orchestras. In recent seasons he has performed with the Hallé, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra (Spain), Spanish Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin), London Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In 2015, Craig was asked at short notice to step in for the indisposed Miloš Karadaglić to perform a series of concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia at major UK concert halls and again in 2016 with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra, both tours receiving critical acclaim. This season Craig performs concertos with orchestras including the Hallé, London Mozart Players, Manchester Camerata, English String Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Australia. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gave the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017, followed by the Australian premiere in Perth in September 2018. He gave the world premiere of ‘Il Filo’, a double concerto for guitar and accordion by David Gordon with Miloš Milivojević in summer 2019 and composer David Knotts is currently writing a concerto for Craig.
Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues, collaborating with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles, including the London Tango Quintet. Craig has been invited by John Williams to perform with him at venues including London’s Globe Theatre, where he returned for a music and poetry performance with actress Meera Syal and he performed as part of the Michael Tippett concert series at Wigmore Hall, returning there with the Nash Ensemble. Craig has performed chamber music concerts at the Australian Chamber Music Festival at the invitation of Piers Lane and in September 2019 he performed a new programme with the Syrian qanun player Maya Youssef for Equator Festival Music at Kings Place, London. Craig also frequently records for film and was featured on the British hit, Notting Hill. Craig has presented programmes for BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).
Craig Ogden is Director of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist and Curator of Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival and Visiting Musician at Oriel College, University of Oxford.
Craig Ogden plays D’Addario strings.