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 both with established composers and the younger generation of artists. As an chamber musician, Richard has performed with Distractfold Ensemble, the winners of the 2014 Kranisteiner prize, and is a member of the Spanish ensemble SMASH.
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. In October 2015 he became of 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, Another Timbre. His solo debut disc INWARD was released on the Métier label in 2011 to critical acclaim. INWARD has since been nominated as the only classical music disc for the Scottish Album of the Year in 2012. He is currently preparing a second disc with Métier for release in 2017. This will include premiere recordings of new works by Esaias Järnegard, Richard Barrett, John Croft, Brice Pauset, Evan Johnson and Fabrice Fitch, with support from Creative Scotland. Alongside his three monograph discs, he has performed 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 2013 (currently available on Bandcamp), and is currently developing a series of works for flute/s and media 'Hortulus Animae'.
I am engaged in practice as research, and currently completing a PhD at Middlesex University with supervisor Jonathan Impett.
My research is concerned with the interface between composer and performer in the contemporary sphere, and how inherited paradigms of composer/performer relations are unsuitable for the task that faces musicians and students today. As a primarily auto-ethnographic project, my documentation (demonstrated through practice, writing and recording) relies on my extensive experience in the commissioning, performing, and recording new work, and so I comment from within the discipline offering a performer-centric perspective.
As important part of my practice (and a more recent development) is that of composition as another form commentary-as-practice.