Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

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. 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 ofChristmas Time in November 2013. Both Summer Guitar which was released in June 2014 and Craig’s latest CDCraig 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.