ABOUT CRAIG

Chamber music entrepreneur creating community based ensembles designed to edify, educate and entertain. Current projects with artists in the U. S. and Europe include The Paramount Chamber Players, Twenty21, and the Combs-Hostetter Piano Duo. Commission of 7 new works for the Paramount Players.Conservatory-trained pianist with 30+ years solo piano and chamber music experience. Keen interest in both instrumental and vocal chamber music. Experienced music director in opera, musical theater and children’s productions. Repertoire includes the premiere of new works.

 

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

Chamber Music Lenoir, guest artist, Oct. 2013

          Inaugural concert – The Almeida Piano Trio. Guest pianist playing Mozart Concerto in A major, K414 Masterclasses

 

The Paramount Chamber Players, Artistic Director, 2004 to present

Premiere chamber music ensemble based in Bristol, TN

Concert Series of 7-10 concerts per year since 2005

Premiere of 7 new works

Performances for East Tennessee State University, King College, Tusculum College

Virginia Intermont College and Lincoln Memorial University

          Spencer-Miller Memorial Concert Series, Arts Array, Virginia Highlands Community College

          Three concerts annually – 2011 to present

 

Twenty21, Artistic Director, 2009 to present

Contemporary music ensemble based in London, UK

1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London, Sept 2012, April 2013

          Concert Series, St. John’s Notting Hill, Oct, 2011, Feb, Mar, & May 2012, April 2013

          St. Peter’s, Berkhemsted, UK, Oct, 2011

          Red Hedgehog, Highgate, London, July, 2011             

The Forge Music and Arts Center, Camden, Mar. & Oct. 2010

Cours d’étè International Summer Course, Chäteau Monthureux le Sec, Aug. 2010

 

Orchestra of Situation Opera, London, UK

          Mozart Concerto C Major, K415, March, 2011

          Mozart Concerto E Flat Major, “Jeunehomme”, K271, Nov., 2010

 

Forbidden Voices: Songs by Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, ongoing

          Recording available Itunes.

          Jewish Board of Representatives (Reading Branch), Bracknell, UK, June 2007

California Tour, Stanford University, Chabot College, and San Jose JCC, April 2006

 

Combs-Hostetter Piano Duo, ongoing 2007-present

Paramount Performing Arts Center, Bristol, TN, March 2008

Judson College and Parker Memorial Baptist Church, Alabama, October 2007

 

Terra Omnis, Northern Ireland Festival Tour, October, 2008

          Omagh, Armagh, and Westport Island

 

End of Time International Trio,

Mariakapellet, Tonesberg, Norway, February, 2008

Land of the Disobedient Chamber Music Festival, Nida, Lithuania, July 2007

 

Festival of the Vegetables, Metropolitan Playhouse, New York City, three week run, Feb. 2007

 

Barcelona Festival of Song, June 2006

Orfeo Garcia and Casal de Metge

 

Duality, vocal duo, Amsterdam and Omagh, Northern Ireland, June/October 2004,

Rivington Music Festival, March 2006

 

Cassatt String Quartet, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Merkin Concert Hall, NYC, March 2004

 

Premiere (Opera): Elementary Principles: The Colorized Version, Michael Kosch, composer & librettist,

HERE Theater, NYC, June-Oct. 2002

 

United Nations Day of the Older Person, performance at the United Nations, NYC, Oct. 1998

 

Premiere (Opera): Eight Great Lives, Michael Kosch, NY Theater, composer/librettist, NYC, 1997-98

 

Benefit Recital for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Fairfax, VA, April ‘96       


Faculty Recitals, George Mason University, 10 solo & chamber performance, Fairfax, VA,94-96


Piano-Duo Concerts with Anita Boyle Renfroe, multiple performances, various locations, 91-95


 

PERFORMANCE  REPERTOIRE

 

New Works - * Premiere

Byron Adams:

      *Ballade for Piano and Wind Ensemble                 

David Conte:

      Piano Fantasy (solo piano)                                                        

Ann Holler:

      *Appalachian Air (pn, vl, fl)                                                      

      *Appalachian Waltz (pn, fl, vl, vc)

      *Appalachian Souvenirs (pn, fl, vl, vc)

Mario Ferraro:

      *Ahaiyuta and the Cloud Eater (children’s opera)

Evelyn Kopitzke:

      *African Vignettes        (pn, vl, vc, fl, cl)                                  

      *Victoria Vignettes (pn, vl, vc, fl, cl)                                         

Michael Kosch:

      *Elementary Principles: The Colorized Version (Opera)s     

      *Eight Great Lives (Opera)                                                         

      Galacia (pn, cl, vc)

      *Thomasine (Sop, pn, vl, vc)                                                                     

Beth Perkinson McCoy:

      *Illuminations (pn, vl, vc, fl, cl)                                 

David See:

      *A Scrapbook Suite (pn, vl, vc, fl, cl)

     

 

Piano Trio – piano, violin (flute /clarinet) & cello

Ernst Block: Nocturnes for Piano Trio

Johannes Brahms: Trio in A minor, op. 114 (cl)           

L. von Beethoven:

      Piano Trio in E-flat, op. 1, no. 1                                

      Piano Trio op. 70, no. 2

Frank Bridge: Miniatures for Piano Trio

Max Bruch: Eight Pieces, op. 83 (cl)

Cesar Cui: Five Pieces for fl, vl & pn

Jean-Michel Damase: Sonate en concert (fl)

Richard Danielpour: A Child’s Reliquary      

Anton Dvořák:

      Piano Trio No. 1 in B Flat Major, op. 21                 

      “Dumky” Trio, op. 90                                                                 

Vincent D’Indy: Trio in B flat major, op. 29                

Claude Debussy: Piano Trio in G Major

Gabriel Faure: Piano Trio, op. 120

Phillipe Gaubert: Trois Aquarelles                                                                                   

Mikhail Glinka: Piano Trio Pathetique in d minor                                       

Joseph Haydn: Piano Trios XV:15, 16, & 17

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.1 in D-minor, op.49

Darius Milhaud: Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, op. 157b

W. A. Mozart: Piano Trio in Eb Major, KV 398 (Keglestatt)

Frederic Mompou: Evocation for Piano Trio

Carl Reinecke: Trio in B Flat for Pn, Hn, & Cl, op. 274              

Nino Rota: Trio for flute, violin and piano

Paul Schoenfield: Cafe Music

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 2 in e minor

Roberts Schumann

      Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, op. 63

      Fantasiestucke, op. 88 for Piano Trio

Germain Tailleferre: Piano Trio

Joaquin Turina: Circulo                    

C. M. von Weber: Trio in Gm, op 63              

 

Quartets and Quintets with Piano

Bela Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion 

Claude Bolling: Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (fl, pn, bs, perc)       

Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81  

Gabriel Faure:

      Piano Quartet no. 1 in C minor, op. 15

      Piano Quintet no. 1 in d minor, op. 89

John Harbison: Songs America Loves to Sing

Aaron J. Kernis: Quattro stagione cuisine futurissmo (Sop, pn, vl, vc)

Joachim Raff: Grand Quintet, op. 107

Ned Rorem: Santa Fe Songs (Sop, vl, va, vc, pn)

Franz Schubert: Adagio and Rondo in F Major                           

Robert Schumann:

      Piano Quartet in E flat, op. 47

      Piano Quintet in E flat, op. 44   

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57              

Alan Louis Smith: Vignettes: Wagon Woman Songs (Sop, vl, vc, pn)

W.A. Mozart:

      Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478                   

      Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, K. 493           

      Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat, K. 271

      Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major, K 414

      Piano Concerto no. 13 in C major, K 415                               

Astor Piazzolla:

      Cuatro estaciones porteñas                        

      La Muerta del Angel    

      Revolucionario

      Oblivion

Franz Schubert: Trout Quintet in A Major, D. 667

 

Duo: Piano plus  

Beethoven:

      Violin Sonata no. 4 in a minor, op. 23

      Violin Sonata no. 5 in F Major, op. 24

      Violin Sonata no. 7 in c minor, op. 30, no. 2

      Violin Sonata no. 8 in G Major, op. 30, no. 3

Johannes Brahms                               

      Cello Sonata no.1 in E minor, op. 38

      Violin Sonata no.1 in G major, op. 78                                     

Norbert Bergmüller: Duo for Clarinet and Piano                          

Frank Bridge: Cello Sonata                                                                                                                              

Edward Elgar: Sonata for Violin and Piano, op. 82                                     

George Enescu: Cantabile and Presto                                                                                            

Lukas Foss: Three American Pieces for piano and flute                                            

Paul Hindemith: Sonate for English Horn     

Scott McCallister:

      Nine Bagatelles (cl, vc, pn)                                                         

      Black Dog Rhapsody  

W.A. Mozart: Violin Sonata

Francis Poulenc:

      Sonata for Flute

       Sonata for Clarinet

Sergei Prokofieff: Violin (Flute) Sonata no. 2

Carl Reinecke: Sonata “Undine” for flute and piano, op. 167 

Robert Schuman: Fantasiestucke for piano and clarinet, op. 73

                                                               

Chamber, Vocal

Forbidden Voices: Songs by Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis

Recording available via Itunes, CD Universe or Divine Art

Ernest Bloch: Select Songs                                                                               

Berthold Goldscmidt: Select Songs                                                                                 

Pavel Haas: Seven songs, op. 18                                                                     

Friedrich Hollaender: Songs from Cabaret and Film                                                   

Franz Schreker: Acht Leider                                                                                                             

Erwin Schulhoff: Funf Gesange                                                                                      

Viktor Ullmann: Fünf Liebeslieder, Op 26                                                     

Egon Wellesz: Leider op. 22                                                                                             

Erich Zeisl:

      Six Songs for Medium Voice                                                     

      Seven Songs for High Voice                                                       

Alexander Zemlinsky: Walzer Gesange, op. 6                                                                              

 

Lieder, Chanson, Songs, and Opera Arias

      Many selected songs. Below, a sample of larger works listed:

L. von Beethoven:

      Adelaide, op. 46

      An die ferne geliebte, op. 98                                                                                        x

Alban Berg: Sieben fruhe lieder                                                                       

Leonard Bernstein: La Bonne Cuisine

Johannes Brahms: Vier Ernsten Gesänge, op 112                                       

Claude Debussy: Ariettes oubliées  

Aaron Copland: Old American Songs (sets 1 & 2)

John Haribson: Songs America Loves to Sing                                                                              

Brazilian Songs by Lorenzo Fernandez:

      Dentro da noite                                             

      A velha historia

      Madrigal

      Canção ao luar

      O’ vida da minha vida

Juan Bautista Plaza: Venuezula: Por estos cuatro caminos                                                      

Gustavo Yepes: Columbia: La niña de la guitarra                                                                      

Celia Torra: Argentina: Abandano                                                                                 

Juan Orrego-Salas: Chile: La Gitana                                                                                                              

Gustav Mahler: Das Knaben Wunderhorn                                                    

Frederic Mompou: Combat del Sol                                                                                  

Franz Schubert:

      Die Schöne Müllerin                                                                    

      Winterreisse                                                   

Robert Schumann:

      Liederkreis, op. 39                                                                        

      Dichterliebe, Op. 48                                                                     

Alberto Villalpando: Tres canciones sobre textos chinos anónimos

 

Four-hand piano

Johannes Brahms: Souvenir do la Russie                                                                      

Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody                                        

Antonin Dvorak: Slovanic Dances                                                                                 

Gabriel Faure: Dolly Suite, op. 56                                                                   

Edvard Grieg: Norwegian Dances, op. 35                                                      

Bernard Heiden: Sonata (1946)                                                                                      

Fanny Hensel: Drei Stucke zu vier Handen                                                  

Paul Hindemith: Waltzes, op. 6                                                                                       

Franz Schubert: Fantasia in Fm, op. 103, D. 940                                         

Robert Schumann: Bilder aus Osten, op. 66                                                 

Alexander Tcherepnin: Suite Georgienne                                                                                      

Les Six, Ravel, Ibert, Ferroud: L’Eventail de Jean (Children’s Ballet)     

 

TEACHING

 

Private studio piano teacher, 1988-present

 

Studio piano teacher, Turtle Bay Music School, Manhattan, NY, 1997-2001      

         Private piano instruction for all ages including adult instruction

         Solo and chamber performances

 

Visiting Artist, PS7 Elementary School, New York City Public Schools, The Bronx, 1997-2000

Visiting Artist, Third Street Music School Settlement, Manhattan, 1998-1999

Developed a sustainable elementary choral program over four years for these title-one schools

 
Assistant Professor of Piano and Class Keyboard Studies Coordinator, George Mason University, 1992–1996

Taught Piano Class I & II, Keyboard Harmony, Theory I & II, Private piano

Established curriculum for the university program

Created and managed keyboard classes coordinated with University’s theory program

Tracked 100+ students’ progress     

 

Lecturer in Piano, Shenandoah Conservatory, 1989 – 1992

Taught Class Piano, Accompanying Class, and Chamber Music

Accompanied for student and faculty recitals

Private piano instruction in both the Conservatory and the Prep Division
   

Elderhostel Faculty, Shenandoah Conservatory, 1990 - 1992

7 - 1 week long seminars on topics related to piano literature and composers

Teaching Assistant, Eastman School of Music, 1985 – 1988

Class Piano and Private instruction

Preparatory Division Summer Faculty

 

 

LECTURE TOPICS

 

Chamber Music Career Options

Music with Friends (Chamber)

Shouldn’t All Students be taught as if they’re Gifted?

Listening Critically and Creatively

Unveiling the secrets of Great Teaching Masterworks

Piano Literature through the Ages

Perspectives on Performance: Masterclasses, Recitals and Artist Discussions

Perspectives on Criticism

Pedagogy of Class Piano/Keyboard Harmony
Contemporary Piano Techniques
Popular Perspectives on Keyboard Theory

Life and Times of George Gershwin

Life and Times of Cole Porter

Life and Times of Marlene Dietrich

 

ARTICLES ABOUT OR BY CRAIG W. COMBS

 

 

"The Paramount Chamber Players Gala" , VIPSEEN, April 2013

"Our Far Flung Artists" , Arts! Magazine For The Arts, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, Oct 2012

“Where are They Now?”, Arts! Magazine For The Arts, Arts Alliance Mountain Empire, March  2005

“Interpretation: The Power of the Performer”,

NYFA Quarterly: For Your Information, Spring ‘00, v.16, no. 1
“How to Teach Pedal to Young Students”, Keyboard Companion, v.5, no. 4, 1994

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION

 

Membership Director, Chamber Music America, 2001-2004

Directly responsible for all membership services

Oversight and directly responsible for the maintenance and updating of the CMA database

Developed the CMA website

Designed marketing efforts and tracked results

Coordinated membership committee meetings

Produced and presented workshops for members

Represented CMA in public forums

Recommend changes in programs and services.

 

Program Officer, New York Foundation for the Arts, 1998-2001

Created, implemented and prepared a 3-year growth plan for the Foundation’s professional development program with an annual budget of $50,000

Designed specifications for web pages and related content, including an educational topics archive for classroom teachers

Developed, planned and produced the annual Choral Music Institute, managed all aspects of the Managed the Artists and Audience Exchange Program

Researched and constructed artist panels for review process, moderated panels during reviews

Conducted seminars for grant applications

 

Music Specialist, District 10 New York Public Schools, The Bronx, 1999

Advised District Arts Coordinator on issues related to choral and instrumental programs

Evaluated the district’s elementary and junior high school instrumental programs

Acted as liaison between the district office and the classroom teacher

Produced the Summer Music Institute of District 10

 

Music Consultant, Project Arts, PS7/CDS10 (Bronx), 1997-2000

                Created a model for the use of music in the classroom for academic teachers

                Designed a musical program that addressed the academic curriculum

                Composed classroom activities for the non-musician teacher to use in public school settings


Associate Director,  G.I.F.T. Institute, (Guiding, Identifying, and Fostering Talent), 1993 – 1996

Responsible for all on-site logistical operations, recruitment and University relations. 

Increased attendance by 70% from previous years. 

Instrumental in overall development    

 

Director, Summer Piano Workshop, George Mason University, 1993 - 1996
Originated and developed this recruitment program

                Zero-based budget met with surplus 200% increase in attendance over 4-year period

 

Director of Summer Programs, Shenandoah Conservatory. 1989-1990
Managed all internal groups using University facilities in summer months

Facilitated administrative needs of all visiting groups

Coordinated a staff of 20.

 

EDUCATION

 

D.M.A.   Piano Performance and Literature, Eastman School
M.M.      Piano Performance, Eastman School
B.M.       Piano Performance, Shenandoah Conservatory

 

TEACHERS


Barbara Lister-Sink, Dean of Music, Salem College, Salem, NC
Rebecca Penneys, Professor of Piano, Eastman School, Rochester, NY

Robert Spillman, Professor of Accompanying, Eastman School, Rochester, NY

Elizabeth Temple, Professor of Piano, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA

 

RECORDINGS


Forbidden Voices: Songs by Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, 2006

Musihanten sings Music of Russell Woollen, 1991

 

 

 

Copyright Craig Combs 2013

 

 

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