Virtuoso Profile

Celia Craig

Celia is an internationally recognised oboist and former Principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

About Me

… a remarkable musician. Australia is fortunate to now claim her and Adelaide is the incredibly lucky city she has chosen to call home. I have never heard her play anything any less than world class ...” – Carl Vine AO

Celia Craig is an internationally recognised oboist known for her versatility and her distinctive ability to reach and communicate with audiences. Formerly the Principal Oboe of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in 2017 she joined Sydneys Omega Ensemble and became Music Curator for the National Trust of South Australia, for whom she curates her own Signature Series of concerts at Ayers House Museum.

Celia is founder and Creative Director of Artaria, a unique recording company focussed on creating new products based in beautiful South Australia. Artarias debut CD was awarded five stars in The Weekend Australian, played regularly on Classic FM, Album of the Week on 5 MBSFM, named Album of the Week, Staff Pick and among top twenty bestseller on Dutch website Native DSD and described as breathlessly beautiful’ by Associate Director of Marketing at Carnegie Hall Craig Zeichner. Artarias debut video has been extensively featured in Palace Nova Cinemas and will be shown nationally on SBS in February 2019. An online oboe course is in production.

Master of The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE, wrote and dedicated her first Oboe Concerto, co -commissioned by the Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, to Celia, who gave the World Premiere in Adelaide in October 2018. Celia has also given Premieres of solo works by Elliot Carter, Michael Berkeley (BBC commission 2003) Carlos Miranda (World and Spanish Premiere) and the Southern Hemisphere Premiere of Olivier Messiaens last work, Concert a Quatre, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

She has been featured as soloist at the BBC Proms conducted by John Adams and at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony conducted by Sir Andrew Davies. She can be heard on film and TV soundtracks, many recorded at Abbey Road Studios or Trackdown in Sydney (Dr Who, Australia, The Rugrats Go Wild, Legends of The Guardians, South Solitary, Daybreakers, Anne Boleyn and more.)

Lecturer in Oboe at Elder Conservatorium of Music and previously at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Celia has given masterclasses at many institutions including Trinity Laban Conservatoire, The Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Griffith University, Queensland, the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Akaroa International Chamber Music Festival. Former prizewinning students are now working and studying worldwide. Celias innovative approach to teaching sees her embracing new forms of technology for learning and sharing.

Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” … Norman Gillespie, Executive Director, The Orana Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors, Pinchgut Opera

Upcoming engagements for 2019/20 include the launch of Artariasecond project with Konstantin Shamray and Lyndon Watts, the UK Premiere of Judith Weirs Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Guest Principal Oboe with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, two recordings for ABC Classics, resident artist and faculty member for TALIS Festival in Sarajevo, and recitals in England with acclaimed organist Thomas Trotter.

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