David Griffiths is Senior Lecturer in Music (Performance – Clarinet) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne. He is also member of the Australia Ensemble@UNSW and clarinetist / artistic director of Ensemble Liaison.
As a soloist he has appeared with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Radio Orchestra, Macau Orchestra and the Monash Academy Orchestra. He has also performed with the New Zealand, Goldner, Tinalley and Flinders String Quartets, the New York Wind Soloists, the Southern Cross Soloists and members of the Cleveland, Shanghai and American String Quartets. He has appeared many festivals including the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. His performances are frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM and the MBS networks. David has held Principal positions with the Melbourne Symphony, Macau, and Shanghai Radio Orchestras, and has appeared as Guest Principal with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and all of Australia’s major symphony and opera ballet orchestras. He has performed with the 2000 National Repertory Orchestra (US), Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, New World Symphony, New York City Opera, National Company, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra.
David’s recordings with Ensemble Liaison of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time for the Melba Recordings label and Trios of Brahms, Beethoven and Bruch for the Tall Poppies label have won high praise from critics around the world.
Originally from Armidale NSW, he studied at the Canberra School of Music with Alan Vivian before completing his Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Charles Neidich, Ricardo Morales, Alan Kay and David Krakauer.
"Clarinetist David Griffiths performed the work with flawless technique, and an exquisite sound. His altissimo register was particularly stunning, as was his sensitive phrasing in the slow middle section of the work." The Adelaide Advertiser (March 2018)
"Griffiths' silky tone and easy execution of the work's sparkling virtuosity quite exceptional." The Australian (February 2012)