Hailed by the Detroit Free Press for his ‘rhythmic vivacity,’ ‘wit’ and ’dark singing tone’ dynamic Australian Clarinettist, David Griffiths, has entertained audiences across the world with his engaging, high energy performances. As a winner of the Artists International Award in New York he made his Carnegie Hall Debut in February 2000. Recent engagements have taken him to Switzerland, Austria, Japan, China, Korea, Canada and the United States.
He has collaborated with members of the Cleveland, Shanghai, Oxford and Ciompi String Quartets, appeared with the New York Wind Soloists and performed chamber music with Principal members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras.
He has held positions as Associate Principal Clarinet with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Clarinet of the Macau Orchestra and Principal Clarinet of the Shanghai Radio Orchestra. He has also appeared as Guest Principal Clarinet with all of Australia’s major Symphony Orchestras along with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Singapore Symphony Orchestras.
He was also Co-Principal of the 2000 National Repertory Orchestra (US) and has performed with the New World Symphony, the New York City Opera, National Company, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
Originally from Armidale NSW, he received his Bachelor of Music with first class honours from the Canberra School of Music as a student of Alan Vivian. He then continued his studies in New York completing his Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Charles Neidich, Ricardo Morales, Alan Kay and David Krakauer.David was recently appointed Coordinator of Woodwind and Brass, Lecturer in Clarinet at the Monash University School of Music Conservatorium.