With the RPO since: 1994
My earliest musical memory is watching my Dad listening to Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on Saturday afternoons while working under the car.
I knew I would make music my career when I was a senior in high school. Music was the only thing I wanted to do.
Most influential teachers: Each one of my teachers offered things that made me the musician I am. Those that influenced me the most are Lucas Drew and John Hood.
Favorite composer: I especially enjoy classical works by Beethoven and Mozart. Shostakovich and Prokofiev are also among my favorite composers.
What do you enjoy most about performing? I love how the inspiration of the music drives us musicians to increasingly greater effort, always trying to exceed our previous efforts.
What is your favorite part of being a member of the RPO? Playing the great works of the 18th and 19th centuries is what really charges me. Sharing a stand with a dedicated orchestra veteran makes playing extra meaningful. I feel privileged to be able to share in the traditions.
When I'm not onstage, you might find me in my violin shop making or repairing instruments, or in the yard playing with my children.
I've always thought it might be fun to be an estate gardener or maybe a gourmet chef!
I love to dine at Japanese or Indian restaurants.
My favorite thing about Rochester is the nice balance of living possible: making quality music, short commuting distance, friendly people and plenty of outdoor opportunities.
What do you think is the Orchestra's most important role in our community? We must introduce and inspire new generations of musicians so they can carry on the traditions of great music.
Michael Griffin has played in the RPO since 1994 and holds degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington. When not playing Assistant Principal in the orchestra, Mr. Griffin makes, restores or repairs violin family instruments in his shop, Luthier’s Care. His violins are enjoyed by professionals, and he recently completed an orchestral bass that he plays in the orchestra. Mr. Griffin has played in the Syracuse Symphony, Albany Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, and has taught bass students at Ithaca College.
Click here to read an article by Michael Griffin about Robert Zimmerman. This article originally appeared in Bass World, the membership magazine of the International Society of Bassists, Vol 32 #1, www.ISBworldoffice.com.