"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 – 2024 pianoforte syllabus and were graded as either Grade 8, Associate Diploma or Licentiate ANZCA went on to come 6 pianos pieces from Alan’s Rare View album and 2 pieces from his yet to be released 2023 album Land No More? ANZCA conducts music examinations in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei. These pieces are published on this website.
Award winning Ukrainian/Australian pianist Evgeny Ukhanov recorded & performed Introspection’s SOLD OUT 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 Nicholas Young, Polish concert violinist Dominik Przywara and Sydney concert cellist George Yang at Underwood Studios, Sydney. 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 SOLD OUT concert, receiving world wide attention.
In honour of Wayne Stuart’s ground breaking piano designs, Nicholas Young took a little heard Bach Gigue, originally for church organ, and arranged it for the entire 108-key range. This recording is included in the Rare View album available on this site.
Japan’s renown film maker Kenshin Nawa filmed a 5 minute SONY Stories about the 108-key, SONY’s new microphones, the Bach and Alan’s concert. This featured on the SONY’s huge display at the 2019 CES Las Vegas.
The live recording of the 2nd track of Rare View, Nocturne, was released as a single by Elkwood/SONY label through Native DSD.
ANZCA Music Examinations sponsored Alan’s SOLD OUT 2019 Victoria Rare View premiere at Tempo Rubato. 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 96Khz. The album is available as a download on this website.
Alan’s self-produced albums have received 5 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’, for ‘Land No More?’ at The Piano Centre for Arts in Christchurch New Zealand with Nicholas and NZ award winning pianist Anna Maksymova.
This is to be recorded by Sydney recording specialist Craig Field in extremely high resolution and filmed by Australian James Carrott.
This concert is sponsored by ANZCA Music Examinations and one of the world’s leading audio/tech giants TM Stagetec Systems.
TM Stagetec Systems is lending Craig their latest high-end pro- audio recording gear, and flying it over to Christchurch just for this recording. Stagetec is also flying over a technician to set up the equipment in the concert hall. It is a huge honour to have Stagetec involved in this project.
Alan’s latest 2 piano pieces chosen by ANZCA will also receive their World Premiere and be recorded live at this concert. These recordings will also appear on Land No More?
New Zealand’s concert violinist Rose Light is playing the NZ Premiere of Etude for Violin and Piano from Alan’s 2nd album Rare View with Nicholas. Rose’s chamber ensemble won 1st Prize at the 2019 Queensland International Chamber Music Competition (Under 18s). Nicholas’s chamber Ensemble Francaix won the 1st Prize of the same competition. So they’re both going to appear on stage together.
A seperate track from Alan’s album written for New Zealand chamber group Whenua Trio will be recorded early next year. Alan hopes to be in NZ in 2023 writing for this ensemble of piano, soprano saxophone and bassoon.
The rest of Alan’s next album will be recorded in Hi-Definitions in 2023 with Nicholas, Ben Spiers and Gemma Kneale at Beleura House in their Tallis Pavilion on their Big Beleura, the 108-key Stuart.