Paolo Griffin is a Peruvian-Canadian composer, writer, curator, and producer, based in Finland.
Paolo’s work occupies two channels: the first focuses on experimental sound explorations, variation in established structures, free notation, open scores, and sound installations and performance art. The second channel is the polar opposite: determined pieces concerning rules and numbers, work with form and structure, ratios, tuning, as well as the use of melodies and rhythms informed by his mixed Latin heritage.
He has written works for ensembles such as Kluster5, the Hoediernal Quartet, and the Oerknal! New Music Collective, and the London based La Tache Ensemble. His work, The Slow Burn (2016) for chamber orchestra was premiered by the Avanti Chamber Orchestra at the Sounds of Summer Festival in Finland, and his choral work, Nocturne, was chosen to be sung by the MusicaIntima singers of Vancouver. He has attended workshops in Canada, Italy, and Helsinki, and spent a month as artist-in-residence at the Arteles Residency Institute in Northern Finland in 2013.
In addition to composition, Paolo is active as a performer, writer, and artistic producer/director. He has worked as writer and Editor-in-Chief for a number of projects including the Hans Abrahamsen Festival at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the Dag in de Branding music day in The Hague. He has worked as artistic director and writer of his own organization, New Music Toronto, and has also worked as a co-producer with the Hague-based organizations Dag in de Branding and Ensemble Klang as well as producer and curator of the two-day festival and concert series on the works of Austrian composer and artist Peter Ablinger. He has been a member of the University of Toronto GamUT New Music Ensemble, is a member of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague’s Trash Ensemble and the Korvat Auki ensemble in Helsinki, and is a frequent performer of various new works in and around The Hague and Finland.
Paolo holds Bachelor Degrees in Composition from the University of Toronto (James Rolfe, Gary Kulesha) and The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Martijn Padding, Peter Adriaansz), and is currently working on his Masters Degree at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (Peter Adriaansz, Mayke Nas), expected completion 2018). He currently studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Juhani Nuorvala and Matthew Whittall.