Craig is a native of Detroit, and earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has played in the CPO since 1977, and has been concertmaster of the Calgary Civic Symphony for several years. Craig is also active as a chamber musician, with the Zabaglione String quartet. He arranges and composes music for small ensembles, and has had his work published by Alberta Keys Music Publishing.
Who do you think are or were the masters of your instrument?
Too many to mention! I always look forward to visits from James Ehnes and David Greenberg.
Tell us a little about your instrument.
My violin was built in 1983 by Ann Arbor maker David Burgess. I am very proud of the fact that after I put my deposit down on this instrument he took it overseas to a violinmakers competition in Germany where it won a gold medal.
Do you play in any groups/ensembles outside of the orchestra?
I am the concertmaster of the Calgary Civic Symphony, which is a wonderful group of amateur musicians playing orchestral repertoire. I also am the second violinist in the mighty Zabaglione String Quartet.
What kinds of music do you listen to when you’re “off-duty?” What’s currently on your iPod?
I listen more to talk radio than to music, either sports or current events. When I do listen to music it can be anything from classical to classic rock to R&B.
How do you prepare for a concert? Any “pre-game” rituals?
Nap, supper, shower, get dressed, go play!
How old were you when you started playing?
Eight years old.