In 2016 Craig Hill celebrates 25 years with the Melbourne Symphony. After formative studies with Phillip Miechel at the Victorian College of the Arts Craig was a recipient of a German Academic Exchange scholarship, completing studies with Dieter Kloecker at the Freiburg Musikhochschule in 1991.
Following his outstanding solo debut with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 1997 Craig has appeared at festivals throughout Australia, the United States and Denmark. Regular seasons as the ABO’s principal clarinet and performances as guest principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes have become a favourite feature of his calendar. His live recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the ABO under the direction of Paul Dyer has been released by ABC Classics.
Since 2004 Craig is a guest principal clarinet of the period instrument orchestra Concerto Copenhagen. Under the direction of Lars Ulrik Mortensen he has given over twenty performances of the celebrated clarinet solos in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Danish Opera, as well as joining the orchestra in the recording studio and as a guest of the chamber music festival “Vinter- Klassik” at the Garnison Church in Copenhagen.
In April 2009 he directed a mini-festival of period instrument chamber music, Concertino Copenhagen, which brought together musicians from Australia and Europe for concerts at the newly opened Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2010 Craig toured nationally as a guest artist with the ACO, performing chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms on instruments of each period to critical acclaim.
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