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Craig Ogden – Guitar

Image of Craig OgdenAustralian 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 discs for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Ogden’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.

Listen to tracks from Summertime here:  Summertime at Classic FM

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 season 2011/12 he returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra. He will be playing with the WDR Rundfunk Orchestra in Cologne and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark) the following season.

Craig Ogden regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at the major London venues and collaborates regularly with many of the UK’s top artists and ensembles. 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 Ogden also presented a series of interviews with artists including John Williams for ABC Classic FM (Australia). In December 2011 Ogden also 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 and Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music.

For more information visit www.craigogden.com.

Craig’s Footnote: Click here for videos of my visit to Australia

The Australia trip was amazing. The videos which are currently available on the Classic FM website show what a fantastic trip it was and having the opportunity to experience new things like climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and going hot air ballooning was sensational. It was an epic ten days and capped off by doing some of my favourite things (swimming, snorkelling, cycling and body-surfing) in my hometown of Perth at the end of the trip.  I hope you enjoy them. And you can download the music (if you feel compelled!), here, by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking on the download button.