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. His music degree (with honours) from the University of Western Australia was followed by the Royal Northern College of Music Professional Performance Diploma with Distinction; the college's highest award for performance.
Fast becoming one of the new generation’s most prominent players, Craig Ogdens’ performances have taken him throughout the UK, into Europe, the USA, South East Asia, South Africa and Australia in recital, on radio and on television. His recordings for Nimbus, Hyperion, Collins Classics, Sony and Chandos Records 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.
Craig Ogden now records exclusively for Chandos Records and has released four recordings on the Chandos label. His recording of all three solo Rodrigo guitar concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was greeted with wide acclaim. Classic CD concluded this recording to be "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 most recent CD, Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières featured as high as no.10 in the classical charts and was the Daily Telegraph CD of the week, stating "this disc is pure joy". Selling over 10,000 discs in three months it is Chandos Records fastest ever selling CD. Ogden now performs regularly with Louis de Bernières in ‘words and music’ recitals.
As soloist with orchestra Craig Ogden has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony (for Sir Malcolm Arnold’s 75th Birthday), Royal Scottish National, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Britten Sinfonia, English Symphony, London Concert Orchestra (at the Barbican, London), Manchester Camerata, National Orchestra of South Africa, Tasmania 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. He has also performed at most of the main UK festivals and is probably the most sought after guitarist for chamber music in the UK performing with the Nash Ensemble, tenors Martyn Hill and Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Paul Barritt (leader - ECO), Sebastian Comberti (cello - London Mozart Players), the Allegri quartet, Paul Tanner (percussion) and John Turner (recorder). Craig also frequently records for film and was featured on the recent hit British film, Notting Hill.
Ogden recently gave the first UK performance of the new millennium (3.00pm on New Years Day) of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the Barbican and future performances include recitals in Denmark and Switzerland, concertos with the English Chamber, Australian Chamber, Ulster, City of Birmingham, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic, Bournemouth and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, numerous festival appearances, tours of Australia, further recordings for Chandos Records, a number of Richard Baker P&O Classical Cruises, live broadcasts for the BBC and a busy schedule of recitals throughout the UK and abroad.
Craig Ogden is married to British opera singer Claire Bradshaw with whom he frequently appears in concert. The duo have twice toured Australia and perform regularly in festivals and for music societies in the UK. Their festival appearances have included the Cheltenham, Bromsgrove and Beaumaris festivals and in 1998 they were featured artists at the Chester Festival. In summer 1999 the duo toured South Africa.
Craig Ogden lectures at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
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