Biography

Craig Humber

Based in Vienna, Austria, the Canadian organist Craig Frederick Humber was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and studied Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He attained twice their top prize for excellence in Physics, before transferring to Acadia University from which he graduated in 1998. During his studies he was a pupil of Professor Clarence Ledbetter, a Fernando Germani student. From October 1999 to January 2005, Craig trained under Professor Arvid Gast at the esteemed Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" in the Bach city, Leipzig, Germany, graduating in organ performance (majoring also in Piano and Harpsichord) and obtaining the Hochschule's title "Diplomorganist." In addition, he studied Choral Conducting, Improvisation and Vocal Technique. In 2007, he completed his terminal degree in performance in Europe, the Aufbaustudium at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany, and, in addition, Post Graduate studies in Organ at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Professor Michael Radulescu.

Mr. Humber's awards and distinctions encompass: The Celanese Canada Internationalists Fellowship, the John Goss Memorial Scholarship from the Royal Canadian College of Organists, five consecutive study grants from the Fulford Trust of the Anglican Foundation of Canada. He is three time recipient of the revered Canada Council for the Arts Grant. In 2002, he earned substantial assistance to investigate the Baroque organs of Gottfried Silbermann, Wagner and Hildebrandt in Saxony. In 2004, he received another grant for the Romantic organs of Wilhelm Sauer and Friedrich Ladegast and won the J.B.C. Watkins special prize in music awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Craig Humber won the first Godfrey Hewitt Memorial Scholarship Competition, the largest scholarship awarded by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Ottawa branch), and is laureate of the Thyll-Dürr Swiss scholarship performance competition at the University of Vienna two consecutive years.

Mr. Humber was broadcasted live on CBC and on German Radio including Deutschland Radio from Berlin, and appeared twice in the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte series in Brandenburg, Germany. In 2003, he held an assistantship on the Hildebrandt organ (Bach organ from 1746) in Naumburg, Germany. He was three times coordinator for organ studies at the Leipzig-Julliard Summer Academy. Being the first North American prize winner of the prestigious Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition held bi-annually in Freiberg, Germany, Craig Humber concertizes regularly on historic organs (Baroque and Romantic) in Germany, Austria, Holland and in Canada.

From 2006 to 2010 he lectured Musical Form and Structural Analysis at the Franz Schubert Conservatory of Music in Vienna.

In May 2010 his CD Johann Sebastian Bach: The Leipzig Chorales was released. This double-CD recorded with SACD technique shows the richness of sound of the Silbermann organ in St. Petri Freiberg (Saxony/Germany).