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Craig Armstrong

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Armstrong studied musical composition, violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Charles Lucas prize and the Harvey Lohr scholarship for composition. He was also awarded the FTCL Fellowship in composition, and won the GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1982. Upon graduation he became resident student composer for the London Contemporary Dance School. Upon completing his studies, Armstrong served as Music and Dance specialist at the Strathclyde Regional Council in 1984.

During the 1980s, Armstrong’s composition work included commissions from the Arts Council for various classical ensembles in Scotland, and he also served as resident composer at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow. During this time he also received a Composer’s Award to study electronic music, and maintained a parallel career in the Scottish Pop music scene, as a member of bands Hipsway, Texas and The Big Dish.

In 1990, his music theatre group Performance performed at the Glasgow Mayfest, and he composed a number of works for film, television, and stage productions by the Traverse Theatre, the BBC, and the Royal Shakespeare Company, among others. By the late 1990s he had gained critical acclaim for his work on the Baz Luhrman films Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! (which won him a Golden Globe for Best Original Score in 2001). He has also done orchestrations with artists such as Massive Attack, Madonna, U2, Suede, Pet Shop Boys and The Future Sound of London. During this time he also released his first album of his own orchestral work, The Space Between Us, in 1998.

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  • unsaidethings

    Glasgow Love Theme <3

    27 Apr 8:21am Reply
  • NikolasBlack

    фантастика

    4 Feb 2:05pm Reply
  • Synesthesis

    Orchestral score for GG is impressive work ! Splendid music. What next score from Craig do you recommend me please?

    16 Jan 10:18am Reply
  • vildem

    Castle went dark <3

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Laa-Brent

    "Gatsby Believed In the Green Light" <3

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • piuciconezz

    Piano Works - просто шедевральный альбом! Чего стоит только Weather Storm, исполненный на рояле, без спецэффектов!

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Krumbumbes

    Просто фантастика, какой талант ! Могу слушать бесконечно.....just amazing......all of his works ) "As If To Nothing" is rly my favorite.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KovbojMajkel

    In Time..

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • sanananana

    Can't wait for The Great Gatsby OST. It's gonna be epic.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Jonzo67

    I'm well keen for him to release the "Neds" soundtrack. The main theme is superb

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ylounis

    "As If To Nothing" album is a magical masterpiece but so underrated..... why ?? [fixed]

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ZITZ59

    Snow ^^

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • nanahapsari

    This love!

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • BREIZHEN

    ARTISTE MERVEILLEUX .....

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • DanielosVK

    I think more people should listen to "Romeo + Juliet, Vol. 2". One of the best scores by Armstrong - pure genius.

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • AnastasiyaRichi

    Let it be Love<3

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Slayerrrr_88

    In Time is a nice little score. Not a huge fan of Armstrong so it came as a nice surprise to me. [2]

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • douglasC280

    wondrous...

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DanielosVK

    Because Armstrongs are born to make music.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Madertus

    Why does everyone with the last name Armstrong do epic stuff?

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
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