Craig Ogden

International Concert Guitarist

The UK's most sought after Classical Guitarist

Biography

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’s Classic FM albums The Guitarist and Summertime both shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart in summer 2010 and 2011 respectively, followed by the release of Christmas Time in November 2013. Both ‘Summer Guitar’ which was released in June 2014 and Craig’s latest CD ‘Craig Ogden and Friends’ released in June 2015 went straight to No. 1 in the classical chart.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all of the main UK orchestras plus many abroad in countries including Latvia, Russia, South Africa, Sweden and Australia. In recent seasons he has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra in Cologne and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark).

Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues and collaborates with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. 

This season John Williams invited Craig to perform in concerts including London’s Globe Theatre and Craig performed as part of the Michael Tippett concert series at Wigmore Hall. In 2008 Craig Ogden made his presenting debut on BBC Radio 3 in ‘The Segovia Legacy’ co-presented by Louis de Bernières and in 2011 Craig also presented a series of interviews with artists including John Williams for ABC Classic FM (Australia). In December 2011 Craig presented three short videos as part of an advertising campaign on Classic FM for Emirates Airline. 

Craig Ogden is Principal Lecturer in Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

What the critics say

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" A worthy successor to Julian Bream"

BBC Music Magazine

“Mr. Ogden, a superb accompanist, proved a polished soloist in colorful, technically demanding works”

New York Times (Mostly Mozart Festival with David Daniels)

"Craig Ogden... has always chosen his recital programmes with wisdom, and, as a performer in the specialised realm of the classical guitar, he has opened our ears to the instrument's breadth of repertory and to its expressive potential."

Telegraph “Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernières” (Classical CD of the Week)

“Craig Ogden is a brilliant, persuasive advocate, not only in the Walton but in the Malcolm Arnold and Lennox Berkeley Guitar Concertos”.

The Guardian

“My father enjoyed immensely your interpretation. It is indeed a very good recording and we are grateful that you recorded the Concierto Para Una Fiesta, which we love and has been a bit neglected next to its famous sisters, Concierto De Aranjuez and Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre and also for the difficulty in performing it. Although we knew that you are very talented, this recording has confirmed your position among the greatest guitarists.”

Cecilia Rodrigo

“Ogden’s playing here, (Berkeley) as in all of the works, is powerful, precise and thoroughly musical. I have been an admirer of Ogden’s playing for some time, but that admiration just ticked up a notch after hearing this daredevil playing.

Record Guide (English Guitar Concertos CD)

"I thought your interpretation of my work was brilliant and we were quite moved by the sensitivity of your performance. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending you to any Conductor and/or Orchestra. I am convinced that wherever and whatever you play, your performances will be rewarding musical experiences."

Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE

“Craig Ogden is one of the best guitarists in the world”

Classical Guitar Magazine

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Enquire Today

To enquire about booking Craig for an appearance at your event, be it for a couple of showpieces, a 20 minute showcase or a full 40 minute recital, please get in touch using the form. 

Craig travels internationally - travel costs will be calculated on an individual basis. 

Craig performs either solo, with string quartet or chamber orchestra. Let us know your requirements and we will send you a quote.

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