Pianist Craig Richey
A native of North Carolina,
Craig received his musical training as a classical pianist at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. After graduating from Juilliard, Craig turned his attention to singing and songwriting, producing, and film composing. His first score, When It’s Over, written and directed by Rich Mancuso, received critical acclaim in the LA Weekly after the film’s premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Craig is a Sundance Fellow, having been invited to participate in the 2006 Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab. Craig was invited back to the lab as an advisor in summer 2016 at Skywalker Sound. Craig has been a frequent panelist at the Sundance Film Festival BMI Film Music Roundtable and has also appeared in BMI Film Music Panels at South by Southwest. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, South by Southwest, Outfest, and Tribeca Film Festivals, among others. The Gymnast won over 26 festival awards including either (and sometimes both!) the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize at Outfest, Newfest and Frameline. A Marine Story followed in its foosteps with a nearly identical record of festival awards, most impressively winning the Grand Jury, Audience, and best actress awards at Outfest 2010.
As a songwriter, Craig has three songs featured in Jeremy Leven’s Girl On A Bicycle, and has had songs appear in Lovely and Amazing, Friends With Money, The King of Kong, Greenlit, and Answers To Nothing. He and his band present an annual Christmas show, featuring Craig’s original Christmas songs, to benefit children affected by HIV.