A captivating musician molded from a uniquely ornate background of academic training and world experiences, guitarist Craig Perry has cultivated into a sensationally innovative composer, performer and pedagogue for the various styles of the guitar, consistently delivering novel and whole-heartedly expressive concerts and works, displaying his high-caliber and technically efficient abilities with uncannied and genuinely individualized musicianship.
Initially drawn to the traits of the electric guitar in blues, rock, punk and metal, Craig's earliest involvements as a guitarist were while living in Stuttgart, Germany; where his punk band Soft Machine released their self-titled EP in 2003. He was then selected to attend the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, where he began his classical guitar studies with Dr. Sam Dorsey and jazz guitar and learnings with Jeff Smith and Chris Batson; his role within a duet--performance of "Agua y VIno" won the Gibson Award from the Grammy in the Schools before graduating in 2007.
Following the completion of his Bachelor's in Music for Classical Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011, having been a student of David Robinson and recipient of the Jesú Silva Merit Scholarship, Craig relocated to San Diego, CA where he began composing the material that would comprise of his debut, solo-classical guitar album, "Himself". It's release in the Fall of 2013, while living in North Carolina, was alongside the release of another debut-EP, "Dawn", with his metal band, Gnarcave, in 2014. These years were spent actively performing for both styles throughout the mid-Atlantic Coast before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.
He completed his Masters of Music in Classical Guitar from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2017, honored to have been selected into the studio of David Tanenbaum, and has been actively performing with such local organizations as the SF Civic Musicians Association, Artsong Salon, ArtSpan, ArtSeed, various playhouses and theatre companies, being sought out as both a collaborator and soloist in and around the Bay Area; involvements at SFCM having covered a wide range from the school's Guitar Ensemble to New Music Ensemble, and Mozart's "Don GIovanni" to performing as the soloist to Leo Brouwer's "Guitar Concierto No. 3: Elegiaco".
In June, 2017, Craig participated in a studio-residency at Parks and Recording's Studios in Emeryville, CA. Its editing and finalizing of the work is to be released as its own album titled "Denarius" and is alongside efforts for the finishing of his subsequent classical guitar album, "Tension & Release"; both projects being collaborative works which are currently in progress.
Over the past decade, Craig has performed in distinguished locations such as The Roper Theater and The Chandler Recital Hall in Norfolk, VA; The Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall, The James W. Black Music Center, in Richmond, VA; The Prado at Balboa Park and The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA; Duke University's Nelson Music Room and The Nasher Museum in Durham, North Carolina; and most recently The Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA; and The Hotel Utah Saloon and Norse Theatre in San Francisco, CA. Craig performs regularly on a custom-made,hand-crafted classical guitar by Erez Perelman.