In 2015 guitarist Craig Ogden was appointed President of Leeds Symphony Orchestra.
Craig was born in Perth, Western Australia, and began studying the guitar at the age of seven. He completed his music degree with honours at the University of Western Australia before moving to the United Kingdom in 1990. Craig undertook two years of performance study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from which he graduated in 1992 with the highest award possible for performance, the Professional Performance Diploma with distinction. He now teaches at the RNCM, of which he has recently been made a fellow.
In the United Kingdom, Craig has performed concertos with all the major orchestras.
He has recorded several CDs for Hyperion, Nimbus and Chandos. Craig’s most recent concerto recording is of the Guitar Concertos by Lennox Berkeley and Malcolm Arnold (Chan 9963). He recorded for the soundtrack to the film Notting Hill. In April 2005, Craig made his debut at the Lincoln Centre in New York. His performances are broadcasted regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
An accomplished chamber musician, Craig regularly appears with his wife, the mezzo-soprano Claire Bradshaw, and with several other musicians in various combinations.
Craig has appeared many times with Leeds Symphony Orchestra since 1994, playing the Concierto de Aranjuez and the Fantasie para un gentilhombre, both by Rodrigo, and the concertos by Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Malcolm Arnold.
Leeds Symphony Orchestra has commissioned two guitar concertos, both dedicated to Craig and Martin Binks, who gave the first performances. First was Arthur Butterworth’s Guitar Concerto in 2000 and the second was Richard Kenwood-Herriott’s Black Island concerto in 2006. Both concertos have been performed several times to great popular acclaim. Craig returned to play the Butterworth concerto on 9th May 2010 in a concert marking Martin’s 40th Anniversary as Conductor of Leeds Symphony Orchestra. This concert was also Craig’s 25th appearance with the Orchestra.
In 2015 Craig commenced his honorary role as the orchestra’s president with a performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez at Wetherby Festival.