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Craig Ogden

Craig Ogden

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. Ogden was recently honoured by the Royal Northern College of Music with a Fellowship in recognition of his achievements. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received this award from the RNCM.

Ogden's recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Collins Classics and Sony have received wide acclaim. BBC Music Magazine dubbed Ogden 'a worthy successor to Julian Bream' and his debut solo CD for Nimbus Records of 20th Century Classics by British composers was nominated for a Grammy Award. Of his recording of the solo Rodrigo guitar concertos, Classic CD wrote: 'one of the most winning performances I have encountered' whilst Rodrigo's daughter wrote: 'This recording has confirmed your position among the greatest guitarists'. Ogden's CD, 'Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières' featured in the top 10 in the classical charts and was the London Daily Telegraph 'CD of the Week', stating 'this disc is pure joy'. It is Chandos Records fastest ever selling CD. Ogden's next release is a CD of premiere recordings of the solo guitar music of British composer Paul Coles on the Nimbus label.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with orchestras including the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, Royal Scottish National, Bournemouth Symphony, RLPO, BBC NOW, Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, Riga Kammermusika, St' Petersburg Festival Orchestra, ECO, English Symphony, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, National Orchestra of South Africa, Lund Symphony Orchestra (Sweden), Tasmania Symphony, West Australian Symphony and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.

Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues including the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican and collaborates regularly with many of the UK's top artists and ensembles. Craig also frequently records for film and was featured on the British hit, Notting Hill. Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.