In his thirty plus years as a performer, Craig Combs has appeared in hundreds of performances in a wide array of community venues and has premiered and commissioned contemporary works appearing on the stage of New York City’s Merkin Hall and CAMI Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and at many academic institutions including Yale, Cornell, and Stanford Universities. Since 2004, Craig has lived in London pursuing a chamber music career. He has appeared internationally in the Rivington Music Festival (UK), Barcelona Festival of Song (Spain), The Land of the Disobedient Music Festival (Lithuania), and in concerts in Europe and the USA. Reviews of his playing commented on “ . . . the exceptional pianism of Craig Combs” and that “No praise is too high for his contribution.” For more information, please see his CV.
Combs received his doctorate in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music (ESM) in 1988 following his masters in 1985. Previously, he had received the bachelors of music in piano performance in 1981 from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (SCM). He served as Professor of Music at both SCM (’89-‘92) and at George Mason University (‘92-‘96) in Virginia. His piano studies were with Elizabeth Temple, Barbara Lister-Sink and Rebecca Penneys. In Manhattan from ’96-04, Combs worked in arts administration at the New York Foundation for the Arts and Chamber Music America. He also taught during that time at the Turtle Bay Music School, the Third Street Music School Settlement, and with the NYC Public Schools in the Bronx at P.S. 7.
Combs, performs chamber music with like-minded artists who agree that great music is a reflection of the human condition. His current projects include: Twenty/21, a London-based ensemble specializing in music of the 20th and 21st centuries; The Paramount Chamber Players, a network of artists in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia who have banded together to bring chamber music to their communities; The Combs/Hostetter Piano Duo, a 4-hand piano ensemble; and, Maternik/Figueroa/Combs, a piano trio. In 2007, he released the CD, Forbidden Voices: Songs by Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis with internationally known soprano, Judith Sheridan. Craig is especially pleased to have participated in the inaugural concert of the Maternik Foundation, a foundation devoted to bringing high-level music making to children’s hospices and special needs schools.