Benjamin Creighton Griffiths is an Internationally renowned Electro Acoustic Jazz Harpist, Classical Harpist, and Pianist based in Cardiff
Benjamin made his international debut in 2004 when as a 7 year old he came second in the Under 18 class of the 1er Concours International de Harpe in Nantes, France. In 2006 he won the Under 13 solo harp at the Wales International Harp Festival and in 2008 (11 years old) won the Under 16 class at Concours de harpe Lily Laskine, in Paris. His prize was a Salvi Concert Harp. Since then he has been earning himself an enviable international reputation performing in Brazil (2010, 2011, 2012), Canada (2011), The Caribbean (2013), Croatia (2013), The Czech Republic (2014), France (2008, 2010), Hungary (2010), Italy (2009), Netherlands (2008, 2011, 2013) & Spain (2010, 2013, 2016). Closer to home Ben has performed as a soloist at The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Wales International Harp Festival, The Summer Harp Festival, Monmouth Festival, Ludlow Festival, Trinity Harp Festival, The Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend, The East Anglia Harp Festival, Harp on Wight, Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School and The Vale Jazz Festival. Benjamin is the Principal Harp of Concert Orchestra de Cymru and Orchestra West and he has performed as a concerto soloist with The Welsh Sinfonia, Welsh Concert Orchestra, Orchestra West, Llandenny Strings, Cardiff Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, les Alizés and the orchestra of Le Garde Républicaine. He has also performed with numerous choirs as both a soloist and accompanist. Benjamin has worked with many of charities over his career. In Particular he is an Official Ambassador for George Thomas Hospice Care, The British Heart Foundation Cymru and St. John Cymru Wales. On 1st March 2010 he performed at Clarence House for HRH the Prince of Wales at a reception for George Thomas. Benjamin has made a number of TV programs with the BBC including Take a Bow (2007), Bobinogs (2008), Show me, Show me (2015) and a short film for CBBC about Lady Llanover in which he plays a Triple Harp (2014). Other TV appearances include the Urdd Eisteddfod, Carolau Llangollen, Noson Lawen, BBC Children in Need and Acapela (Made in Cardiff 2015). Radio broadcasts include The National Holocaust Memorial Event, Wales International Harp Festival & an interview for the BBC R4 documentary - Master Harper. Whilst continuing his classical work, Ben is now in increasing demand for his jazz performances, working as both a soloist and with bands, singers, and other artists. His jazz repertoire covers all genres, including Swing, Latin, Funk, Electronic and Fusion, Gypsy, and more. For the last two years he has been teaching a series of very successful 'Introduction to Improvisation' workshops as both one off events and at Harp Festivals, aiming to encourage harpists of all ages and levels into the world of jazz. Benjamin has released several CD's, the newest of which – 'Pedals & Paws' – showcases his latest endeavours in world of jazz, including original compositions, famous jazz and funk standards, and collaborative works. He has also published numerous arrangements, both classical and jazz, including his popular 'Jazz Harp Series'. Further information, including a complete events diary, can be found at his website – www.bjcg.co.uk. Alternatively you can find Ben on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bencreightongriffithsharpist January 2016
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