Craig Jordan

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BIO

Updated November 2020

Craig Jordan, 23, from Ames, Iowa, is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in the studio of Dr. Inesa Gegprifti. At the University of Miami, Craig has already collaborated with many students and will be giving performances with his Piano/Oboe/Bassoon trio on Nov. 8, accompanying a senior Horn recital on Nov. 19, and appearing with the Frost Wind Ensemble Nov. 22 on Carlos Simons’ Sweet Chariot.

 

Craig graduated from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the studio of Dr. Catherine Kautsky. At Lawrence, he was featured in numerous recitals both as a collaborator and soloist while he also performed with both the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. He has premiered multiple new works from friends and colleagues during his time at Lawrence including compositions by Dr. Evan Williams (Rhodes College) and David Fisher. As an Accompanying Fellow at Lawrence, Craig spent his four years collaborating with the voice studio of Dr. Karen Leigh-Post.

 

Craig has gone out of his way to create performance opportunities both within and outside of his universities, working with various chamber groups and performing across the country as part of a viola/piano duo with Brandin Kreuder. Most recently, Craig created the event ‘Keys for Inclusion’ to raise awareness and money for diversity in the Story County community in Iowa. Donations were raised through a concert featuring Duo Vis-À-Vis and local band director, Christian Loaiza on flute. The funds went directly to the local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group at Ames’ Youth and Shelter Services foundation. Craig has also given performances in schools, prisons, libraries, churches, art galleries, chocolate shops and Appleton, Wisconsin’s Riverview Gardens, an organization fighting poverty and homelessness. In 2018, Craig was also a featured performer at Lawrence University’s Symposium on the International Refugee Crisis. Craig and Brandin, Duo Vis-À-Vis, spent the end of 2019 and the first portion of 2020 performing on the Holland America Cruise line under the name of ‘Adagio Duo’ on the ships Ms. Zaandam and Ms. Amsterdam (Grand World Voyage 2020) which took them from Canada to Antarctica with an emergency finish due to the pandemic in Australia.

 

Craig will be at the Seattle Piano Institute in the summer of 2021 studying with the renowned faculty there if the pandemic situation allows the festival to take place. He spent two summers studying at the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival, his first year with help from the Chandler Senior Experience grant to study music and fairy tales culminating in a lecture/chamber music recital that was premiered in the spring of 2019. His Junior year, Craig was awarded Lawrence University’s Marjory Irvin Prize for excellence in piano performance. He has appeared in masterclasses under the artists of Aleck Karis of UC San Diego, Pei-Yao Wang and Lisa Kaplan of the Eighth Blackbird ensemble.

 

Outside of academics, Craig enjoyed being a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and served as president for two years. He also held the position of Keyboard representative for the Dean’s Advisory Council and was Freshman Representative for the Lawrence University Community Council.

 

MMus (piano performance), University of Miami Frost School of Music anticipated ’22. Primary teachers: Professor Santiago Rodriguez, Dr. Inesa Gegprifti

 

BMus (piano performance), Lawrence University Conservatory of Music ‘19. Primary teachers: Dr. Catherine Kautsky, Dr. Luba Poliak

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