CRAIG OGDEN, Classical Guitar (Australia)Classical Tour
Recognised as one of the most exciting artists of his generation, Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden has performed throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, South East Asia, South Africa and Australia in recital, on radio and on television. Now, as part of Music Network’s autumn 2004 season the currently British-based classical guitarist will perform in venues across Ireland from November 2-9. Ogden who was dubbed ‘a worthy successor to Julian Bream’ by BBC Music Magazine and whose debut solo CD for Nimbus Records of 20th Century Classics by British composers was nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award, will present a wonderfully diverse programme that includes works by Westlake, Bach and A Music Network/RTE Lyric FM commission by Ben Dwyer. This tour is funded by the Arts Council.
Craig Ogden studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. His music degree (with honours) from the University of Western Australia was followed by the Royal Northern College of Music Professional Performance Diploma with Distinction; the college's highest award for performance.
Fast becoming one of the new generation's most prominent players, he has played across the globe while his recordings for Nimbus, Hyperion, Collins Classics, Virgin, Sony and Chandos Records have received wide acclaim. Ogden's most recent release, 'A Quiet Thing' with counter-tenor David Daniels for Virgin/EMI has received great critical kudos as did the duo's USA summer 2003 recital tour of the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Mostly Mozart Festivals (after which Ogden was immediately invited back to perform as soloist in the Lincoln Centre's 2004/05 Great Performers Series). His British summer festival appearances in 2003 included the prestigious Cheltenham Festival.
Ogden has released six recordings on the Chandos label including his recording of all three solo Rodrigo guitar concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Classic CD concluded this recording to be 'one of the most winning performances I have encountered' whilst Rodrigo's daughter wrote, 'This recording has confirmed your position among the greatest guitarists'. Ogden's CD, Music from the Novels of Louis de Bernieres featured as high as no.10 in the classical charts and was the London Daily Telegraph CD of the week, stating 'this disc is pure joy'. Selling over 10,000 discs in three months it is Chandos Records fastest ever selling CD. Ogden now performs regularly with Louis de Bernieres in 'words and music' recitals. Craig Ogden's latest Chandos release of concertos by Walton, Arnold and Berkeley with Richard Hickox and the Northern Sinfonia was released in November 2001 to critical acclaim. Gramophone Magazine wrote 'All the works in this delightful collection were inspired by Julian Bream, with Craig Ogden proving a formidable successor, matching in sensitivity and flair Bream's own vintage recordings' while The Guardian hailed Ogden as 'Brilliant and persuasive'.
John Dowland Lachrymae Pavane & Fantasia No 7
Heitor Villa-Lobos Choros No. 1 and Prelude No. 1
Nigel Westlake Hinchinbrook (for guitar and digital delay)
JS Bach Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV.998
Ben Dwyer Voces Criticas, Music Network/RTÉ Lyric FM commission
Paulo Bellinati Jongo
Three Greek Pieces
Kostas Hatzopoulos Three Greek Sketches
Dimitris Fampas Sousta
Evangelos Boudounis Elena’s Tsiftiteli
Isaac Albeniz Sevilla and Castilla
Tues 2 Nov Dublin Coach House, Dublin Castle
Wed 3 Nov Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
Thurs 4 Nov New Ross St. Mary’s Church of Ireland
Fri 5 Nov Ballina St. Michael’s Church of Ireland
Sun 7 Nov Tralee Siamsa Tíre, 8pm
Mon 8 Nov Castlebar Linenhall Arts Centre
Tues 9 Nov Navan St. Mary’s Church of Ireland
"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. "- The Daily Telegraph