Player Spotlight ~ Anna Griffis ~ viola

Viola Opus 174, 16-3/8”

“I played my Masters recital on the ‘new’ viola and was overwhelmed with positive reactions from my friends and colleagues. I couldn’t be happier.”

Anna GriffisOriginally from Annapolis, Maryland, violist and violinist Anna Griffis performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She made her solo concerto debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, and was the second prize winner in the 2008 Van Rooy Solo Competition.

Anna toured the Eastern U.S. and Turkey with the Anatolian Trio, a group focused on bringing contemporary Turkish works to American audiences and vice versa, and recently co-founded Trio Speranza, based in Chicago and Boston, and Imperfect Pearl, based in Austin, TX.

She has performed under the baton of Charles Dutoit, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Stéphane Denève, Simon Carrington, and Andrew Parrott, and is principal viola with Grand Harmonie and the New Bedford Symphony.

Equally at home on both modern and historical instruments, she plays in and around Boston with the Marsh Chapel Collegium, Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium, Cambridge Concentus, Les Bostonades, Musical Offering, Symphony New Hampshire, Orchestra of Indian Hill, and the Cape Cod Symphony and travels regularly to Austin, TX to play with Texas Early Music Project, La Follia Austin Baroque, and the St. Cecilia Music Series. Anna attended the Baroque Performance Instiute at Oberlin, Tafelmusik Summer Institute, Vancouver Early Music, Amherst Early Music, The National Orchestral Institute, Garth Newel Music Center and was a 2013 Tanglewood Music Center Fellow.

Anna studied at Lawrence University and The Hartt School of Music and received her Masters and Diploma from Boston University under the tutelage of Michelle LaCourse. In addition to her performing career, Anna is on Faculty at the Dana Hall School of Music and the Canton Public Schools Encore Program and is the Coordinator of Music Public Relations and Events for the Tufts University Music Department.

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