Teacher Profile: Preston Griffith

Preston Griffith

Preston Griffith

Instrument(s): Viola, Violin

City: Atlanta

Education: Growing up in South Carolina, Preston’s mother taught him using the Suzuki Method until Middle School when he started taking from other violin teachers privately. He made County, Region, and All-State Orchestra every year from seventh grade until twelfth. He also played in Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Carolina Youth Symphony. After high school, Mr. Griffith’s acceptance to Florida State University afforded him countless other opportunities. He played in several different kinds of Chamber Groups, the University Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Orchestra. He traveled to Vienna, Austria with other FSU students to perform, and since then has gained a love of travel. Recently he went to Buenos Aires, Argentina to take lessons with prominent Tango violinists. He continues his passion for Tango music by playing in the Tango ensemble at Emory University.

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    About Preston Griffith

    Preston Griffith is a Music Educator located in Decatur, GA with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University, and certified in both Suzuki and Mark O’ Connor Violin methods. Seeking means of discovery and expression, he has dedicated his life to music, including solo violin, chamber music, and symphonic music.

    Growing up in a musical family in South Carolina, Preston was taught how to play the violin at the young age of 4 through the Suzuki method. He performed in County, Region, and All-State orchestras throughout middle and high school, and also within the Carolina Youth Symphony. During his time at Florida State, he performed in chamber ensembles, the University Symphony, and the University Opera pit orchestra. He also performed with the Panama symphony orchestra and gave several recitals.

    Preston is currently teaching middle school orchestra in Gwinnett County, and continues to perform in local orchestras as well as with the Emory Tango Ensemble. He has developed a passion for Tango music, and recently went to Buenos Aires, Argentina to learn how to play tango violin from masters such as Ramiro Gallo, Guillermo Rubino, Cesar Rago, and Damian Bolotin.

    Outside of music Preston is a middle school soccer coach. Soccer is another great passion, and Preston still plays the beautiful game when possible while supporting his team, Liverpool. He also enjoys Tango Dance, Spanish, snowboarding, hiking, and literature.

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