"Celia Craig is 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, Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia.
English oboist Celia Craig, BA Hons, LRAM, ARAM, Principal Oboe, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, previously held Principal positions with the BBC Symphony Orchestra- resident at the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican- BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a regular Guest with the London Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Sydney, New Zealand and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. Celia was honoured to be elected an Honorary Associate by the Directors of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997, for her achievements in the music profession. Celia has toured on five continents, playing in many of the word’s greatest concert halls, has an extensive list of orchestral CDs, and has recorded for film and TV frequently at Abbey Road and Air Studios in London and Trackdown Studios in Sydney. Her career has included working closely alongside such musicians as Bernstein, Gergiev, Haitink, Ashkenazy, Berio, Boulez, Adams, Tortelier, Rostropovitch, Mackerras, Temirkanov, Zuckerman and chamber music with Thomas Trotter, organ, Kenneth Sillito, violin, The Coull Quartet, TinAlley Quartet, among others. Celia has featured as soloist on radio and television at The Proms, The Three Choirs Festival, The Barbican and with the London Chamber Players. Celia has performed for the Royal Family on a number of occasions, most notably HRH the Queen’s 80th birthday Prom at the Royal Albert Hall (including an audience with Her Majesty), for Prince Charles and for Diana, Princess of Wales, at St. Martin’s in the Fields. Celia has given the World Premieres of specially commissioned works, the UK Premiere of Elliot Carter’s ‘Pastorale’ in the presence of the composer at the Royal Academy of Music, the Southern Hemisphere Premiere of Messiaen’s last work, ‘Concert a Quatre’ with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, (highlighted as Best Concert Performance of 2010 by the local press). Celia’s recording of Michael Berkeley’s Tristessa with BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Richard Hickox/Steve Burnard was selected as Editor’s Choice of the Month by ‘Gramophone’ Magazine. With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra she has performed the Oboe Concerti by Strauss, Mozart and Albinoni as well as the first performance in Adelaide of Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante. “ASO’s fine principal oboist, Celia Craig… mellifluous Strauss …almost vocal… The warmth of her sound and the lovely – and loving – way she shaped phrases were beguiling…”– The Advertiser, June 2012
Celia studied with Nicholas Daniel as a Scholar at the Purcell School, at the University of York and with George Caird and Christine Pendrill.