Synesthete and founder of Artaria Ltd, and elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music since 1997, Celia Craig was awarded Exhibitions, Craxton Chamber Music Prize, Advanced and Licentiate Diploma by the UK’s oldest music conservatoire. Trained initially by renowned Hungarian educator, Bela de Csillery, a pupil of both Kodaly and Hindemith, at Kent Junior Music School, a Scholar at The Purcell School with oboist Nicholas Daniel, at the Royal Academy of Music by George Caird, and at The University of York, Celia was invited as a student to the inaugural Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan under personal tuition with Leonard Bernstein.
As an elite orchestral player Celia has toured to five continents, recorded regularly at Abbey Road and Dr Who, played for the Royal Family, elected as Chairman of BBC Symphony Orchestra, London, where she worked closely with artists such as John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Bernard Haitink, Sir Andrew Davis as well as touring and recording with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Her Principal guest orchestral work includes Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera, Melbourne Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Orchestra Victoria, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras as well as many film and TV scores.
Master of HM The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE, wrote and dedicated her first Oboe Concerto to Celia, who gave both the World and UK Premieres, broadcast by ABC/BBC. Judith Weir is a Patron of Artaria Ltd, as is arts leader Anthony Steel AM.
“Celia Craig… a talented musician... with a great vision for classical music... this innovative approach of using 21st century technology to enhance our cultural heritage...”
– Hon. Anne Levy, AO, former Minister for the Arts, SA, Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur
Celia was appointed Principal Oboe of Adelaide Symphony in 2011 and as President of the Australasian Double Reed Society, hosted the ADRS international Conference at the University of Adelaide in 2013. Celia’s first three recordings for Artaria have been well reviewed internationally and as Creative Director of Artaria, she was the winner of Winnovation SA Arts Award 2020, from Women in Innovation in South Australia. In 2020, Arts South Australia awarded Celia a prestigious Fellowship entitled ‘Exploring New Artistic Directions’.
Celia has served on juries for ABC Young Performer, BBC Young Musician, International Oboe Competition Tokyo 2015, coaching young oboists in the majority of UK Music Colleges and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, Singapore. She has been a featured artist at Coriole Festival, International Double Reed Society Conferences, Akaroa International Chamber Music Festival, TALIS Festival Sarajevo and was a faculty artist at South America’s largest youth music festival, Campos de Jordao, Sao Paolo.
Resident Artist, National Trust of South Australia, Celia has presented concerts in heritage buildings including Ayers House Museum, where she founded her Signature Series in 2018, and at Collingrove Homestead, Angaston. Celia now teaches in Adelaide at Seymour College, where she is developing a new junior oboe program, the Elder Conservatorium of Music, privately in her home studio, and digitally for OnlIne Virtuoso.
A Howarth of London Artist, Celia is a Finalist in the Australian Women in Music Awards 2022, for Excellence in Classical Music, and a member of the International Double Reed Society’s Honorary Lifetime Membership nomination committee.