"Griffiths really has developed his own style
...all of his compositions uniquely his own."
- Canberra Critics Circle
Alan Griffiths was born in Blantyre, Malawi in 1967 and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand six years later. He studied piano and clarinet from age 9 before winning a scholarship at age 10 as boy soprano with the Christchurch Cathedral Choir.
From age 13 he had a deep urge to write music, and began composing his own art music. At age 19, after a brief stint in the New Zealand Army Band as a keyboard player, Alan moved to Australia, where he sought private study with professional composers.
Alan studied with the late Michael Easton, then with the late Dr Allan Zavod. Under Zavod’s guidance Alan’s music became freer and more widely expressive.
He went on to score for dozens of plays, corporates, short film and two feature films and produced the well received Autogeddon for the 2006 Melbourne Fringe.
The repertoire for his 2016 Introspection and 2018 Rare View albums were composed over a period of 27 years in between music scoring work. 7 out of the 9 solo piano pieces from Introspection were chosen by ANZCA Music Examinations for their 2018 – 2021 pianoforte syllabus and were graded as either Grade 8 or Associate. ANZCA conducts music examinations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei. These pieces are published on this website.
World class Ukrainian/Australian pianist Evgeny Ukhanov recorded & performed Introspection’s World Premiere at the 2016 Stuart & Sons Spring Concert Series, Yass, NSW, on one of only 11 4-pedal 102 Key Stuart Concert Grand Pianos.
Rare View was recorded by international multi-award winning virtuoso pianist Nicholas Young, Polish concert violinist Dominik Przywara and Sydney concert cellist George Yang. It is the world’s first studio album recorded with SONY’s new C100 Hi-Definition microphones.
Rare View’s 2018 World Premiere was sponsored, filmed and recorded by SONY, Stuart & Sons and was part of Beleura House’s 2018 subscription concert series in their Tallis Pavilion. The concert was also the world premiere of the world’s largest piano, a 108-key, 4-pedal Stuart & Sons Concert Grand Piano, finished just in time for this concert. The SOLD OUT concert received wide overseas attention.
The live recording of the 2nd track of Rare View, Nocturne, was released as a single on the new Elkwood/SONY label through Native DSD.
ANZCA Music Examinations sponsored Alan’s 2019 Victoria Rare View premiere at Tempo Rubato and was SOLD OUT. It featured Nicholas, Melbourne Opera Orchestra Concertmaster Ben Spiers and multi-award winning Australian cellist Gemma Kneale. This was the 4th premiere on a Stuart piano. The concert also featured Introspection repertoire chosen by ANZCA.
The live world premiere recording is a world first with the SONY C100 microphones and it was recorded at 96 klz. The album is available as a download on this website.
Alan’s self-produced albums have received 6 glowing international reviews from some of the world’s top classical piano critics and he plans more albums.
International opera star Paul Whelan will record Alan’s latest piece ‘Such a Fine, Sunny Day’, from his 3rd album titled ‘Land No More?’ at The Piano centre for arts in Christchurch New Zealand with Nicholas and another pianist TBA. This will be released as a single on Native DSD.
The rest of Alan’s latest album will be recorded in 2023 with Nicholas, Ben Spiers and Gemma Kneale. It will be recorded at Beleura House in their Tallis Pavilion on their 108-key Stuart and released by Elkwood and distributed through Native DSD.
Paul Whelan will give the World Premiere of ‘Such a Fine, Sunny Day’ in a concert on Saturday 17th September at The Piano with Nicholas and other musicians TBA.