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Judson Griffin

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. and M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., The Juilliard School
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 2012

Born in: Delaware (raised in Rhode Island and Alabama)

Performances and Distinctions: Coming to period instruments in 1979 through the influence of harpsichordist Albert Fuller, Mr. Griffin has played with Aston Magna, the Mozartean Players, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Chamber Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Smithson Quartet in residence at the Smithsonian Institution, and was former Music Director of the Connecticut Early Music Festival. In Europe and the U.S. he has appeared with Amor Artis, the American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, Florida Pro Musica, and Baltimore Pro Musica Rara. He has toured with the English Concert and Trevor Pinnock, played with the Akademie der alten Musik in Berlin, Il complesso barocco in Innsbruck, Milan, and Venice, and at the Festival de Clisson, France. Solo recitals have been given in Boston, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and New York at Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall. He is first violinist of Abendmusik.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy: "Every person is unique, and playing the violin (or any musical endeavor) should express the individual. Individuals often learn in different ways, at different rates, and in varying ways according to age or predilection. I stress a healthy, holistic physical approach to violin playing, yet insist that the purpose of music always is to say something, to elicit a response from a listener. I believe that it is important for the student to understand, to master and succeed at what he or she is playing; I am a proponent of the student working on appropriate materials, that it is fraudulent and a disservice to attempt repertoire beyond the student’s reach."