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Graham Griffiths

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Music

Graham Griffiths has been an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at City, University of London since June 2015. He is the author of Stravinsky’s Piano: Genesis of a Musical Language (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and editor of Stravinsky in Context (CUP, 2020), a volume of contextual essays uniting the research of thirty-six Stravinskians and Russianists from fifteen countries. He has recently contributed twenty-two entries and articles relating to Stravinsky’s piano works to The Cambridge Stravinsky Encyclopedia, ed. Edward Campbell and Peter O’Hagan (CUP, 2020). In 2017 he was appointed editor of the Leokadiya Kashperova Edition to be published by Boosey & Hawkes, London, with the support of the Glinka Museum of Musical Culture, Moscow.

Since early 2014 he has regularly visited Russia to research at the major historical and musical archives in St Petersburg and Moscow. His principal interest has been to recover the compositions and investigate the biographies of Leokadiya and Elizaveta Kashperova, both of whom were renowned pianist-composers in their day. Having been forgotten by musical history for several decades their contribution to Russian music is being reassessed; these remarkable cousins are amongst the earliest female Russian composers of international reputation.

For over a decade Griffiths directed the contemporary music ensemble Grupo Novo Horizonte de São Paulo, a project he founded in 1988. Griffiths was Lecturer in Twentieth Century Music at São Paulo State University (UNESP, 1988-1990) and guest-lectured at eleven other Brazilian and Danish universities (1990-2000); Prior to his appointment at City, University of London in 2010 Griffiths delivered courses at the universities of Bath, Bristol, Canterbury Christ Church, and Oxford. He studied musicology as an undergraduate at Edinburgh University (1972-76) and obtained his doctorate at Christ Church, Oxford in 2008.

Find out more about Graham at Griffiths Lectures