Grammy Award–winning pianist and arranger Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. He currently serves as music director of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago after having served as assistant conductor at Lyric for 11 seasons. He’s also artistic director of Beyond the Aria, a highly acclaimed recital series presented by the Harris Theater in collaboration with the Ryan Opera Center and Lyric. He was previously an assistant conductor at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City after joining the organization’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Mr. Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as sopranos Christine Brewer, Janai Brugger, Nicole Cabell, Danielle de Niese, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Amanda Majeski, Ana María Martínez, Ailyn Pérez, Susanna Phillips, Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober, Amber Wagner, and Laura Wilde; mezzo-sopranos Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Sasha Cooke, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Kate Lindsey, and Catherine Wyn-Rogers; tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Eric Cutler, Giuseppe Filianoti, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Joseph Kaiser, Nicholas Phan, and Garrett Sorenson; baritones Quinn Kelsey, Hugh Russell, and Bo Skovhus; and bass-baritones Eric Owens, Luca Pisaroni, and Christian Van Horn. He’s collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Pro Arte String Quartet.
As a recording artist, Mr. Terry’s discography includes four recent releases: Diva on Detour with Ms. Racette, As Long as There Are Songs with Ms. Blythe, and Chanson d’Avril with Ms. Cabell. His latest recording project, Songplay, with Ms. DiDonato, released by Warner Classics, received the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Craig Terry hails from Tullahoma, Tennessee. He received a bachelor-of-music degree in music education from Tennessee Technological University, continued his studies at Florida State University, and received a master-of-music degree in collaborative piano from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of pianist Warren Jones.