Craig Armstrong (composer)
Armstrong was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1959. He was there as a member of the bands Hipsway, Texas and The Big Dish a part of the local gang culture. He enjoyed a solid education in composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
In the late 80s he began his career with classical compositions for the Glasgow Tron Theatre, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra (now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra ) and the BT Ensemble. He was a composer and arranger for Madonna, U2, Bjork, Massive Attack and Tina Turner.
In 1984 he was Music and Dance specialist at the Strathclyde Regional Council. In 1985 he visited the Gulbenkian Course for composition and choreography. In 1990, Armstrong partly with his music theater group performance at the Glasgow Mayfest.
In 1996 he published his first film score for the film Romeo Juliet.
At first glance Piano Works provides an exception as on this album presents Armstrong piano versions of some of his pop and film compositions as well as some new pieces. Due to the style of production ( much reverb, some electronic processing ) are Armstrong but also this album a pop flair.
- 2004: Piano Works
- 2002: As If to Nothing
- 2002: Golden Globe Award for Moulin Rouge
- 2002: Anthony Asquith Award for Moulin Rouge
- 2002: Satellite Award for Moulin Rouge
- 2004: Grammy for Ray