Multi-talented artist, pianist, Theatre Music Director, conductor, singer, dancer and Programmer and science teacher… Matthew Craig has many strings to his bow.
Matt trained as a classical pianist from the age of six and over the last twenty years he's performed classical recitals, accompanied jazz, classical, rock and theater vocalists, directed and conducted countless musicals in the GTA for children, teenagers and adults. Matt's sight reading skills are amazing and he has worked with thousands of performers in large groups or individually of any age and ability.
Listening to Matt's musical arrangements for piano you are simply mesmerized and carried away with the emotional impact, they are a such joy to listen to. Matt has worked with several Children's Theatre companies, including CATS and Bravo Academy and it's fascinating to watch him direct musical productions as part of the audience. He has a way of making very complex things look easy.
And did I mention he's one of the coolest guys on the planet?
Matt is also a great friend, and from the first time I heard him play years ago I've wanted to learn more about his many accomplishments. So I was thrilled and honoured he agreed to be a guest for my Art Talks Podcast.
And what a fun interview it was!
Join us on this journey as we talk about all things music and more, including:
- What it takes to become an accomplished pianist and music director…
- How Matt became a pianist…
- His musical style and influences…
- His amazing piano arrangements (tip: go and check out his amazing arrangement of Music from Inception: Dream is Collapsing and Time for piano, link in these show notes)
- Journey into Music Theatre direction stage productions he has worked on, and many accomplishments
- His challenges
- Learning to dance and teaching others to dance Modern Jive…
- His inspirations…
I hope you take the time to listen and be inspired by this insightful interview with this amazing artist and educator. While you're about it head over to Matt's YouTube channel and listen to his incredible musical arrangements, including this one from the film/movie Inception:
This piece at Hart House, Toronto
And this amazing performance of the Star Wars Fantasy Suite:
Thank you for listening and until next time let's talk!