In association with
Mr Brooks Griffith

MMus in Cello Performance, RNCM (2015-2017)
B.M. in Cello Performance, Ithaca College (2009-2014)
Certificate of Study, Mannes College of Music (2006-2009)
Instruments: Cello
Genre/Style(s): Classical
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


A native New Yorker, cellist and musician Brooks Lyon Griffith began his studies at the age of 7, first attending a local institution for young musicians on the East Side of Manhattan, the Turtle Bay Music School. Here he began his musical theory and aural studies under the tutelage of the Grammy-Award winning composer, librettist, and stage director, Herschel Garfein, with whom he would study for many years to come. However, after three years and three cello teachers at Turtle Bay, he decided to pursue more advanced instrumental tutelage, and sought out lessons with a number of well reputed teachers in the New York area. After much deliberation, he began his cello studies in earnest with Kathe Jarka, a graduate of Juilliard and former pupil of both Leonard Rose and William Pleeth. At age 13, Mr. Griffith also entered the East Coast studio of the famous cello teacher Irene Sharp, protege of the renowned West Coast pedagogue, Margaret Rowell.

Two years later he enrolled in the Mannes School of Music, where he studied for three years, continuing his tutelage under both Ms. Jarka and Ms. Sharp. Externally to Mannes, Mr. Griffith also participated in other orchestras and chamber music programs, including the Inter-School Orchestras of New York, and the the New York Youth Symphony. With these and his conservatoire ensembles, he performed regularly through competitions and other such opportunities at renowned venues throughout the city, such as Symphony Space, Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. At the age of 17, after playing for him in a masterclass, Mr. Griffith was invited to study in Paris with the cellist, author and famed Alexander technician, Pedro de Alcantara.

While still at Mannes, Mr. Griffith found another musical passion in orchestral conducting, and entered the private studio of Michael Adelson, the music director of the Auros Group for New Music, and a staff conductor with the New York Philharmonic. In 2009, Mr. Griffith participated in a workshop on Stravinskyís LíHistoire du Soldat, led by Mr. Adelson and a number of his colleagues at the NY Philharmonic. In addition to his tutelage with Mr. Adelson, Mr. Griffith studied conducting at Mannes with Scott Jackson Wiley, attended the NYYS Apprentice Conducting program under Ryan McAdams, and was selected to participate in a roundtable discussion at Lincoln Center led by the renowned maestro, Leonard Slatkin.

Upon his graduation from Mannes, he began his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College in Upstate New York, pursuing a dual-degree program of English literature and Cello Performance, still studying conducting secondarily under the mentorship of the Director of Orchestras, Jeffery Meyer. During his time at Ithaca, Mr. Griffith continued his instrumental studies with Elizabeth Simkin and Heidi Hoffman, proteges of Janos Starker and Timothy Eddy, respectively. In 2009, he played to famed soloist Zuill Bailey, was principal of the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra in 2011, and spent his last semester in London, studying under Catherine Rimer of the Royal College of Music.

After finishing his undergraduate degrees, Mr. Griffith began his graduate studies in Europe, attending the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of the young and accomplished cellist, Victoria Simonsen. This past year, he has played for Miklos Perenyi, worked under musicians from the Academy of St. Martinís in the Fields, and now performs with the Northern Lusofonia Symphony Orchestra. He is also an active member of the early music ensemble, the Almira Consort, the cellist of his co-founded chamber ensemble, the Pissaro Trio, and the co-founder and conductor of RNCMís reading orchestra, the Rehearsal Society. Mr. Griffith currently resides in Manchester, where he is finishing his graduate studies at the RNCM.

Contact Brooks

Address: Greater Manchester
M14 5DN
Phone: 07497800697
Mobile: 07497800697
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00

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