Photo credit: Finn Mellor Photography
Celia Craig and Judith Weir CBE, Master of the Queens Music.
Judith Weir, Celia Craig and Andrew Gourlay.
Celia Craig trained as a Scholar at the prestigious Purcell School in London, under Nicholas Daniel, before winning
two consecutive Exhibition Awards to the Royal Academy of Music and the Craxton Prize for Chamber Music, and is
a Howarth of London oboe artist.
Since migrating to Australia in 2006, Celia has left an indelible mark on the South Australian classical music landscape. Her new venture, multimedia recording
company Artaria, seeks to meld the visual beauty of South Australian scenery with sublime works of classical music. Inspired by Celia’s personal experience of synaesthesia,
Artaria is on a mission to deliver South Australia to the world through innovative, immersive, musical experiences.
Celia is extraordinarily well-qualified to lead this charge, as Dedicatee of Master of The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE’s first Oboe Concerto. During her impressive career she has also worked with Bernstein, Boulez, Haitink, Ashkenazy, Rattle, Gergiev, BBC Symphony and London Symphony Orchestras, to name but a few. Celia has
also performed for the Royal Family, recorded and toured extensively and, more recently, held the position of Principal Oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra until
“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
In 2020, Celia was appointed Resident Artist for the National Trust of South Australia and was awarded a major Fellowship by Arts SA: Exploring New Artistic Directions.
Artaria was awarded five stars by The Weekend Australian for its Direct Stream Digital debut recording. The label now
has global distribution deals in place, and is a member of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Artaria’s debut videos, featuring the unique landscapes
of South Australia, were broadcast by SBS and Channel 44 and Palace Nova East End Cinema.
Celia is also passionate about nurturing new generations of oboists by making the instrument more accessible. Having identified a skills shortage—part of Artaria’s
mission is to nurture and promote younger artists through competitions, scholarships and events, with the ultimate goal of creating a centre of excellence in classical
music in South Australia.
Although oboe will be the focus of Artaria’s initial educational program, there are plans to replicate the strategy for other classical instruments in the future.
“It's a fabulous album… your playing is superb.”