— Richard Craig



Richard Craig studied flute at the 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.

Richard has performed with groups such as ELISION, Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, The Estonian Radio Choir, the RTÉ Orchestra and Das Experimentalstudio Ensemble, which has taken him to international festivals 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. Equally active as a soloist, Richard has given recitals throughout the world performing new work and presenting his collaborations, working alongside musicians such as Rohan de Saram and Roberto Fabbriciani. At the centre of Richard’s work in contemporary music is the development of new repertoire for the flute, and he is involved in commissions that expand the role of performer and instrument. As a chamber musician, Richard has performed with Distractfold Ensemble, the winners of the 2014 Kranisteiner prize, and was a member of the Spanish ensemble SMASH. Currently residing in Scotland, Richard is often invited to perform with groups across the UK (including Explore Ensemble, Ensemble Octandre and the Riot Ensemble).

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 2014 -2019. Between 2015 -2019 he was Head of Performance at Bangor University, Wales.

Richard has recorded for the BBC, WDR Cologne, YLE Finland, Radio France, Radio Nacional de España, Swedish Radio, ARTE, Icelandic RUV, Wergo, FirstHandRecords and Another Timbre. His solo debut disc INWARD was released on the Métier label in 2011 to critical acclaim. His second solo disc with Métier VALE was released in 2017: it included premiere recordings of new works by Esaias Järnegard, Richard Barrett, John Croft, Brice Pauset, Evan Johnson and Fabrice Fitch, with support from Creative Scotland. Other CD releases of note include the composer John Croft’s monograph disc Seirenes in 2019 ( released by FirstHandRecords). Alongside his two solo discs, Richard has performed and participated in recordings with ensembles musikFabrik, Ensemble Octandre, SMASH ensemble, Distractfold ensemble and Grizzana Ensemble. As an improviser he has performed with Barry Guy, the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and recorded with the group alongside Evan Parker.

As a performer/composer, he has released the disc AMP/AL in collaboration with Rodrigo Constanzo and artist Angela Guyton in 2013.