Violist Stephanie Griffin has been the Executive Director of ACMP since August 2020. She already knew the organization through her adult amateur students and friends, and was even a coach-recipient of ACMP’s Home Coaching grant as far back as 2005. She remembers the first time she saw the ACMP Members Directory and was especially impressed that this wonderful service had been ongoing since 1947, well before everyone had computers and Internet access.
Running in parallel with her work for ACMP, Stephanie is an active professional chamber musician. Born in Vancouver, B.C., Canada and based in New York City, her musical adventures have taken her to Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Mongolia. From large concert halls to the sand dunes of the Gobi desert, she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a variety of classical, contemporary and improvisational contexts.
A founding member of the Momenta Quartet, she has given over 300 chamber concerts at such esteemed venues as the Library of Congress and the National Gallery in Washington, DC and led residencies at major American universities. She is also a member of the new music ensembles Ensemble Ipse, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and the over fifty year-old contemporary music institution, Continuum. Stephanie loves discovering new repertoire, and is especially excited about the Momenta Quartet’s ongoing project to record all thirteen string quartets by the historic Mexican composer Julián Carrillo (1875 – 1965) for Naxos.
As an improviser and composer, Stephanie has enjoyed residencies at Art Omi Music and the Instituto Sacatar, and has received commissions and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Stephanie studied viola with the late William Gordon in Vancouver, Paul DeClerck in Brussels, Wayne Brooks at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and with former Juilliard Quartet violist Samuel Rhodes at The Juilliard School, where she received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003. She lives in the South Bronx with jazz bassist Hilliard Greene and three adopted street cats: Pip, Finnegan and Threadgill.
Write Stephanie at email@example.com in English, French, German, Indonesian or Spanish (in order of her competency.) She also knows a smattering of Dutch and Portuguese.