GRIFFITHS was a student of Pierre Jamet at the Paris Conservatoire,
where she was the first British-born harpist since 1892 to
gain the Premier Prix in harp playing. She graduated at Cardiff
(Hons. Welsh) and Birmingham (M.A., Musicology) Universities.
She enjoys a multi-faceted career as harpist, harp historian,
teacher, writer, composer, editor and lecturer, a leading figure
in the harp world of today. Formerly Professor at the Royal
Academy of Music, she still teaches both at Cardiff University
and the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and is much in demand
for private consultation lessons and international masterclasses.
Ann was co-author of the Harp article in the New Grove Dictionaries
of Music. She is responsible for the important new article
on Erard in the revised edition of this work, as well as more
than 40 shorter articles on composers, harpists, harpmakers
and harp terminology.
As a performer, Ann Griffiths's main interest is in historical
harps, and in playing the music composed for them on contemporaneous