Described by the Russian critic Olga Ivannikova as a ‘great English young talent’ Craig Greene is a versatile and exciting pianist who is in much demand as a concert soloist. He has performed with leading orchestras and conductors including the Russian National Orchestra (Tchaikovsky 1st Concerto), Carlo Ponti and Sian Edwards (Beethoven 3rd Concerto – Milton Keynes City Orchestra). Craig studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Ashley Wass, Dmitri Alexeev and Maia Griffin and at the University of Oxford where he was an instrumental and academic scholar at Christ Church. He holds first class degrees from both institutions and has won numerous prizes.
Other notable performances include Mozart Piano Concerto No.24 with the Clic Sargent Symphony Orchestra (CSSO) after which he was invited to become their first Artist in Residence and Principal Guest Conductor. In March 2011 he performed Beethoven Triple Concerto with the CSSO. Other notable engagements include the opening night of the 2010 Two Moors Festival (Beethoven Choral Fantasy) with the Orchestra of the Swan in Exeter Cathedral. Recent concerto appearances include Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with the Oxford Chamber Orchestra and Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the Orchestra of Stowe Opera.
Craig is also in demand as a recitalist with recent venues including the Elgar Room, Royal Albert hall; the Amyrillis Fleming Concert Hall, London; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford and at the Oundle International Festival. Craig regularly collaborates with other musicians as either an accompanist or chamber musician. These include; Thomas Hancox (Guest Principal Flute – London Philharmonic Orchestra & the Philharmonia Orchestra) and James Maltby & Naomi Watts as part of the Greene Trio with whom Craig won the 2012 RCM Chamber Music with Piano Competition.
In 2008 Craig won the Oxford University Conducting Competition and was elected principal conductor of the Oxford University Philharmonia. He performed a number of varied programmes with this orchestra including Tchaikovsky Symphony No.1 ‘Winter Daydreams’, Holst The Planets, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade and Mahler Symphony No.1. In addition to his work with CSSO and Oxford University Philharmonia Craig has conducted performances of operas including Schubert Fierrabras, Johann Strauss Jr, Die Fledermaus & Rossini The Barber of Seville.
Craig is committed to teaching and since September 2013 has been a member of the music faculty at St Paul’s School, London. Prior to this he held positions at St Catherine’s School, Bramley and the Milton Keynes Music Service. He frequently gives workshops/master classes with the most recent being part of the Buckingham Master Classes programme held in the new state of the art Ugland Auditorium at Stowe School.
He is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Trust, the Peter Thorogood Music Fund, the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and the Buckingham Choral Society.