A captivating musician molded from a unique background of academic training and world experiences, guitarist Craig Perry has cultivated into a sensationally innovative composer, performer and pedagogue for various styles of the guitar, consistently delivering novel and whole-hearted concerts with the display of a developed craftsmanship, expressivity, and musicianship.
While living in Stuttgart, Germany and preparing for the release of the self-titled EP by his punk band Soft Machine, Craig auditioned for and was selected to attend the magnet, secondary-fine arts school, The Governor's School for the Arts, in Norfolk, VA, for his last two years of high school. As one of two guitarists selected from a span of eight school districts in south-eastern Virginia, he began studying jazz with Jeff Smith, jazz guitar with Chris Batson, classical guitar with Dr. Sam Dorsey, and various collegiate-level music courses. His final year, 2007, concluded with his duet--performance of "Agua y VIno" entering and winning the Gibson Award from the Grammy in the Schools' nation-wide contest.
In 2011, Craig completed his Bachelor's in Music for Classical Guitar Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, having been a student of David Robinson and recipient of the Jesú Silva Merit Scholarship. Shortly after, Craig relocated to San Diego, CA and 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 his metal band, Gnarcave, releasing their debut record, "Dawn", in 2014; actively performing as both a classical soloist and band member throughout the mid-Atlantic Coast.
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 in/around the Bay Area, while being sought out as both a collaborator and soloist for an incredibly wide-array of styles and involvements; his time at SFCM included valuable experiences and associations within a wide range of musical opportunities including Guitar Ensemble to the New Music Ensemble, Mozart's "Don Giovanni", and 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. The project entailed writing, recording, and releasing a new work each day for ten consecutive days and is currently being edited to be released as its own album titled "Denarius". This effort is alongside the finishing of his subsequent classical guitar album, "Tension & Release"; both projects being collaborative works featuring various instrumentations and artistic means.
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; The Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA; and The Hotel Utah Saloon and Norse Theatre in San Francisco, CA. Craig performs on a custom-made, hand-crafted classical guitar by Erez Perelman.