Creative Director
Celia Craig, Creative Director, Artaria (photo by Finn Mellor Photography)
Celia Craig, Creative Director, Artaria (photo by Finn Mellor Photography)

“… a remarkable musician. Australia is fortunate to now claim her and Adelaide is the incredibly lucky city she has chosen to call home. I have never heard her play anything any less than world class …”

Carl Vine AO

Celia Craig is an internationally recognised oboist known for her versatility and her distinctive ability to reach and communicate with audiences. Formerly the Principal Oboe of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, in 2017 she joined Sydney’s Omega Ensemble and became Music Curator for the National Trust of South Australia, for whom she curates her own Signature Series of concerts at Ayers House Museum.

Celia is founder and Creative Director of Artaria, a unique recording company focussed on creating new products based in beautiful South Australia. Artaria’s debut CD was awarded five stars in The Weekend Australian, played regularly on ClassicFM, Album of the Week on 5MBSFM, named Album of the Week, Staff Pick, nominated for Album of the Year 2018 and among top 20 bestsellers on the Dutch website NativeDSD and described as ‘breathlessly beautiful’ by Associate Director of Marketing at Carnegie Hall Craig Zeichner. The debut video has been featured in Adelaide’s Palace Nova Eastend Cinema and was shown nationally on SBS in February 2019.

Head of Classics and Jazz Universal Music Australia, Cyrus Mehe-Homji described the film as “bittersweet … the idiom is beautifully captured – performances of great finesse – all masterminded by Celia Craig.” 

In accordance with Artaria’s mission statement, ‘inspiring music in South Australia’, Artaria’s groundbreaking Online Oboe Masterclass course has been launched on Vimeo to enable more oboe participation and awareness. 
Master of The Queens Music, Judith Weir CBE, wrote and dedicated her first Oboe Concerto, co -commissioned by the Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, to Celia, who gave the World Premiere in Adelaide in October 2018, recorded by ABC Classics.

Celia has also given Premieres of solo works by Elliot Carter, Michael Berkeley (BBC commission 2003) Carlos Miranda (World and Spanish Premiere) and the Southern Hemisphere Premiere of Olivier Messiaen’s last work, Concert a Quatre, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has been featured as soloist at the BBC Proms conducted by John Adams and at the Barbican with the BBC Symphony conducted by Sir Andrew Davies. She can be heard on film and TV soundtracks, many recorded at Abbey Road Studios or Trackdown in Sydney (Dr Who, Australia, Legends of The Guardians, South Solitary, Daybreakers, Anne Boleyn and many more.)

Lecturer in Oboe at Elder Conservatorium of Music and previously at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Celia has been invited to give masterclasses at many institutions including Yong Sieu Toh Conservatory, Singapore, Melbourne Conservatorium, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, The Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, Griffith University, Queensland, the Royal Northern College of Music and Drama, Akaroa International Chamber Music Festival, New Zealand. Celia’s innovative approach to teaching sees her embracing new forms of technology for learning and embracing new pedagogical approaches including teaching in groups.

“Celia is not only a passionate and inspiring person, but is a world class asset for Australia in performance, and in the development of a generation of aspiring young musicians” … 

Norman Gillespie, Executive Director, The Orana Foundation, Chair of the Board of Directors, Pinchgut Opera

Upcoming engagements for 2019/20 include the launch of Artaria’s second project with Konstantin Shamray and Lyndon Watts, the UK Premiere of Judith Weir’s Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay, Guest Principal Oboe Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and Orchestra Victoria, two recordings for ABC Classics, resident artist and faculty member for TALIS Festival in Sarajevo, and recitals in England with acclaimed organist Thomas Trotter.

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Photo credit: Finn Mellor Photography

Judith Weir, Oboe Concerto | Celia Craig, oboe

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