Profile of Richard Craig

Mr Richard Craig
+44 (0) 1248 382185
School of Music, College Road


Richard Craig was born in Glasgow, and studied at flute at RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) with Sheena Gordon and later with Richard Blake. After graduating with honours, he continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, France, with Mario Caroli supported by funds from the Dewar Award and the Scottish International Trust. He graduated with a Diploma in Contemporary Music Practice “avec unanimité et félicitations du jury”. His participation in international competitions led to him being the recipient of a First prize in 2005 from the International Contemporary Music Performance Competition, Gioia del Colle, Italy and also in 2005, the Prix du Jury from the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Chamber Music. From 2012 until 2014 Richard was a member of the UK ensemble, Distractfold. The group received the prestigious Kranisteiner prize at the 2014 Darmstadt Summer Courses. He is currently a member of the Spanish ensemble SMASH and Ensemble7Bridges, based at Durham University. Richard is regarded as one of the leading interpreters of contemporary chamber music and is regularly invited to perform across the world.

The focus of Richard’s practice in contemporary music is the development of new repertoire for the flute as soloist and chamber musician, and he is involved in commissions with both with established composers and the younger generation. As a result, he has performed with groups such as ELISION, Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Hebrides Ensemble, Das Experimentalstudio ensemble, Ensemble 7Bridges and SMASH. On the international scene he has appeared at festivals and venues such as Maerzmusik Berlin, Wittener Tage für Neue Musik, the Venice Biennale, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Festival D’Automne in Paris and the Lincoln Center Festival New York and the Berliner Philharmonie.

As a lecturer he has given masterclasses and seminars in University Maryland Baltimore, Huddersfield University, St Andrews University, Aberdeen University, the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Lawrence University Wisconsin, and was appointed as Visiting Fellow in Performance at Aberdeen University 2009-11. From 2012-2014 he was a visiting lecturer on the Post-Graduate performance course at Huddersfield University, and further to this he was appointed as Honorary Research Fellow at the same University. In October 2015 he became of Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales. Richard is very active as a teacher and mentor - with staff from Bangor University, Goldsmiths University and IRCAM he was one of the co-founders of the ESTALAGEM residency, Madeira, Portugal. The aim of the residency is to bring expert practitioners and practising sound artists, composers and performers from varied backgrounds from around the world to realise and collaborate on new work.

On the topic of practice-as-research been invited to give presentations at Trinity Laban, Huddersfield University, Brunel University and the Orpheus Institute Belgium, and he is preparing a practice-based PhD, with Jonathan Impett as his supervisor. He is a recipient of a Creative Scotland Artist Bursary as well as funds from the Hope Scott Trust and Konstnarsnamden Sweden.

Richard has recorded for the BBC, WDR Cologne, YLE Finland, Radio France, Radio Nacional de España, Swedish Radio, ARTE, Icelandic RUV, Wergo, Another Timbre. His solo debut disc INWARD was released on the Métier label in 2011 to critical acclaim. INWARD has since been nominated as the only classical music disc for the Scottish Album of the Year in 2012. He is currently preparing a second disc with Métier for release in 2017. This will include new works by Esaias Järnegard, Richard Barrett, John Croft, Brice Pauset, Evan Johnson and Fabrice Fitch with support from Creative Scotland. Alongside his three monograph discs, Richard has participated in recordings with ensembles musikFabrik, Ensemble Octandre, SMASH ensemble, Distractfold ensemble and Grizzana Ensemble. As an improviser he has performed with Barry Guy on a tour of Sweden, and also as a member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, with whom he recorded a CD alongside Evan Parker. He is also a performer/composer, and released the disc AMP/AL in collaboration with Rodrigo Constanzo and artist Angela Guyton in 2013.

Based in the UK, he maintains connections with performance networks across the globe and speaks fluent Swedish and French.

CDS (forthcoming)


Vale – recital disc due for release February 2017 via Métier label
Premiere recordings of commissioned works: Richard Barrett,
Evan Johnson, Esaias Järnegard, Brice Pauset, Fabrice Fitch and John Croft

CDS (released)


Toshio Hosokawa – Portrait Disc Ensemble Musikfabrik
Ensemble member in the recording of Voyage X. Released in 2015


Grizzana – Jürg Frey Monograph disc Another Timbre  ref.86x2
Premiere recordings of works by Frey. Released in 2015


AMP/ALcompositions and performances by Richard Craig
Self-release, streamed via website. Released in 2013


Michaels Reise um die ErdeKarlheinz Stockhausen
Musikfabrik/Wergo CD productions. Released in 2012


Cascading Lotus for solo flute by Rei Munakata – DB productions cd 145
Solo flute recording as part of the debut disc by the Curious Chamber Players.
Released in 2011


INWARD solo recital disc. Release in 2011 - Métier MSV28517
Premiere recordings of works by John Croft, Richard Barrett, Malin Bång, Evan Johnson and recordings of works by Brian Ferneyhough and Salvatore Sciarrino.

See reviews by Paul Griffiths, Simon Waters and others:


Review for INWARD

“Richard Craig, the Scottish flute virtuoso impressed the Swedish music scene with his performances not only around the group CCP, but also in working with Samtida Music. In 2011, after six years preparation, he released inward. The disc was nominated as one of the Scottish Album’s of the Year and also highly celebrated in several reviews since its release. To go directly to the matter in hand: the playing on this disc is sensational, as are the interpretations of the works.”

           NUTIDA MUSIK, July, 2013

Conference Papers


Musical Performance, Subjectivity and Experimentation: Artistic Perspectives
Title: émoi et moi – subjectivity in performance, Orpheus Instituut, Gent, Belgium


DARE international Deleuze conference for Artistic Practice.
Title: The Emergence of the Performer in Brian Ferneyhough's Unity Capsule
Awarded a scholarship to perform and give the above-mentioned paper
Online publication forthcoming


Breaking the Sound Barrier Symposium, Middlesex University
Title: Extended techniques et moi


Orpheus Instituut International Conference
Joint presentation with Juan Parra Cancino “Composition-Tradition-Experiment”



Articles (forthcoming)

01/10/16     émoi et moi – a performer’s diary. Online Journal

Articles (published)


Sketching Cornelius Cardew's Treatise. Co-written with Dr Alex South
Published in the drouth winter issue (no. 41) 2012