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Craig Armstrong (composer)

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Craig Armstrong (composer)

Scottish composer of modern orchestral music, electronica and film scores add

Category: Music

Born in 1959.

Countries: United Kingdom (50%), United States (25%), (25%)

Main connections: EMI Classics, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dark Angel (TV series)

Linked to: London Sinfonietta, Massive Attack, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aston Villa F.C.




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Craig Armstrong was born in 1959 add something


Armstrong studied musical composition, violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1977 to 1981, where he was awarded the Charles Lucas prize and the Harvey Lohr scholarship for composition add something


He was awarded the FTCL Fellowship in composition, and won the GLAA Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 1982 add something


Upon completing his studies, Armstrong served as music and dance specialist at the Strathclyde Regional Council in 1984 add something


The composition was used in the pilot of the 2000 science fiction series Dark Angel add something


In 2002 he wrote the meditative piece "Visconti", commissioned by Barbican Centre Elektronika festival for the London Sinfonietta add something


Armstrong was awarded a Grammy award for Best Original Score in 2004 for the biopic "Ray" add something


In 2005 he received a Grammy award for Best Score Soundtrack album for the film Ray, directed by Taylor Hackford add something


In 2007 Armstrong recorded his first classical record for EMI Classics with the BBC Symphony Orchestra add something


In 2008 Armstrong released on EMI Classics his first classical album, Memory Takes My Hand, featuring a violin concerto for Clio Gould add something


In 2008 his first classical release, Memory Takes My Hand, featuring a violin concerto for Clio Gould, was released on EMI Classics add something


Armstrong was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 New Year Honours add something


It is used in the trailer for the BBC's Euro 2012 coverage, and is often used in its "Top Gear" series at the climax of the season finale "epic challenges" add something