Craig Richey, a native of North Carolina, received his high school diploma from the N.C. School of the Arts, his Bachelor of Music degree from the St. Louis Conservatory, and his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Hailed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for his ‘No-nonsense pianism!’ he made his New York debut as guest soloist with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.
He has appeared both in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States. His teachers include Joseph Kalichstein, Martin Canin, Bela Nagy, and Anne Epperson. Craig’s mother, violinist Elaine Lee Richey, was the 1959 winner of the prestigious Walter Naumburg Competition and was assistant to Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Craig’s father, David Richey, was a composer. His string quartet was winner of the Rita Sosland Award judged by Darius Milhaud.
Craig began his chamber music studies at an early age and at nineteen was recipient of a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs for outstanding performance in chamber music at the esteemed Kneisel Hall Chamber Festival in Blue Hill, Maine. His chamber music mentors include Artur Balsam, Joseph Fuchs, Leslie Parnas, and Joseph Kalichstein. Mr. Richey also served as staff accompanist at the Juilliard School.
Some of his collaborations include cellist Lynn Harrell, violinists Elaine Richey, James Crawford, Aaron Berofsky, Andy Simeonescu, and Pamela Frank, and soprano Clamma Dale. He taught for ten years at the renowned Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City where he directed their chamber music program. He is also a composer of music for film and scored the 2002 summer hit Lovely and Amazing released by Lion’s Gate Films, which recently garnered the most Independent Spirit Award nominations.