photo: Rogelio Nobara
“enthralling” – Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times
Stephanie Griffin is an innovative violist and composer with a unique and eclectic musical vision. Born in Canada and based in New York City, her musical adventures have taken her to Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Mongolia. From large concert halls to the sand dunes of the Gobi desert, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in classical, contemporary and improvisational contexts. As a soloist, she has worked closely with numerous composers, among them Salvatore Sciarrino; Tristan Murail; Tony Prabowo; Kee Yong Chong; Ursula Mamlok; Matthew Greenbaum; and Arthur Kampela.
A founding member of the Momenta Quartet, she has given over 200 chamber concerts at such esteemed venues as the Library of Congress and the National Gallery in Washington, DC and led residencies at major American institutes of higher education, among them Cornell and New York Universities and the Eastman School of Music. Ms. Griffin performs regularly with the New York contemporary music institution, Continuum, now in its 50th year, and has given American premieres of major works by leading European composers, among them Georg Friedrich Haas and Michael Jarrell, as a member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. From 1998 through 2002, she was Executive Director of the contemporary music series at Galapagos Art and Performance Space.
As a composer, Stephanie is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Emerging Composer and Sound Artist Fellowship from the Jerome Foundation, and the 2016 composition fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. As an improviser, Stephanie was a 2014 fellow at Music Omi, and is a member of Carl Maguire’s Floriculture, Gordon Beeferman’s Other Life Forms, Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra, Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra and the composer/improviser collective the Brooklyn Infinity Orchestra. She worked closely with the late Butch Morris from 2001 until shortly before his death in 2013, and was the only non-Indonesian member of Tony Prabowo’s New Jakarta Ensemble, creating avant-garde compositions alongside traditional musicians from Sumatra.
Ms. Griffin is now in her twelfth year as principal violist of the Princeton Symphony, and teaches viola at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges. She studied viola with William Gordon in Vancouver, Paul DeClerck in Brussels and Wayne Brooks at Rice University in Houston, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School where she studied with Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes. Stephanie’s varied viola sounds can be heard on a diverse array of classical, new music, jazz and world music labels, among them Tzadik, Innova, Naxos, Aeon, Centaur, Aksara, Firehouse 12, and New World, Albany, and Aeon records.