From the Inaugural Subscription Committee:
Artaria as a musical enterprise springs from the imagination of the charismatic and exceptionally gifted musician, Celia Craig, who has chosen to make South Australia her home.
After many years as principal oboe of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Celia is devoting her energies to promoting her instrument through recorded chamber music collaborations with like-minded artists, individual performance and teaching.
ARTARIA VALUES: World class artistry, compelling readings of evocative, appealing repertoire, high definition records, immersive visual delivery.
In 2017, with help from people like you, Artaria produced its first album, a collection of early 20th century works for oboe and strings which quickly won critical acclaim. Celia is now following up with a second disc and new film.
“superb, breathlessly beautiful … Artaria just lets it soar … a true sound picture.”Craig Zeichner, Carnegie Hall
“The music is almost a living representation of Celia herself, an English rose transplanted into the heat and dust of South Australia … beautiful countryside … wonderful …”Guy Noble, Presenter, Foxtel Arts, Ovation Arts, Qantas ‘Symphony’ Arts Channel, ABC Classic FM
“… intimately but passionately expressive …”Graham Strahle, The Australian
Celia could hardly have hoped for more encouragement to go on to bigger and better things. For that reason, Celia’s enthusiastic supporters are now seeking ongoing support through subscription, a model used to support many brilliant projects in the 18th and 19th centuries … Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, Audubon’s Birds of America and the music of George Frideric Handel.
For a fixed annual fee, subscribers can look forward to exclusive events, live performances in exquisite surroundings, unique video content and advance copies of all recordings.
“(the) subscription idea is, in keeping with your other ideas, brilliant. It reminds of a wine buying scheme called ‘futures’ where people would pre-buy in instalments, certain vintages. Similar I feel … and the Artaria potential oeuvre, the musical superior to the ‘Hill of Grace’ or ‘Grange’… an abundance of class … recording beautiful and the playing is exquisitely passionate …”Peter Fenton, Account Manager, Australian Performing Rights Association
Subscribers can also take pride in the training of more young performers here as Celia (formerly Chairman of BBC Symphony Orchestra which spearheaded the UK’s ‘Endangered Species’ scheme launch) aims, with your help, to fast-track a new generation, building upon South Australia’s proud history of oboe pedagogy.
An important sideline of Artaria will be the further exploration of the social, psychological and medical benefits of Celia’s music, which she began in conjunction with professionals in those fields who became interested in her experience of synesthaesia: the condition linking colours and music which affects around 4% of the population.
“Celia Craig … great vision for classical music … innovative approach … 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
“… incredible mastery of the playing and recording … a very powerful musical resource”Music Coordinator, Arts in Health, Flinders Medical Centre
“Bittersweet … beautifully captured … performances of great finesse: allCyrus Meher-Homji OAM, Manager, Classics & Jazz, Universal Music Australia, Presenter, Good Listening, SBS
masterminded by Celia Craig.”
Celia Craig is available for personal meetings. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.