Born in 1981, Craig Burnett began playing the trumpet aged 10. After studying under Paul Archibald and Andrew Crowley at the Royal College of Music gaining a BMus (Hons) degree and a distinction for his final recital Craig went on to continue his studies with a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, which he graduated with a distinction. Craig has been principal trumpet of the major orchestras and ensembles at both institutions and was principal of the Royal Academy Brass Soloists. His teachers at the Royal Academy were Jim Watson, Howard Snell and Mark David. Other teachers over the past 8 years include Paul Beniston, Neil Brough, Andy Mitchall, Alison Balsom and master classes with Haken Hardenberger, Rod Franks, Ian Balmain.
Craig has performed throughout the world as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. He is a versatile player with a keen interest in all genres of music and is currently principal trumpet of the Charities Philharmonia, which is based in London. Other experiences include the London Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, and a recording session for Peter Maxwell-Davies, Brass 10, SE10, to name but a few.
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