New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Eddie Giffney recently received his Masters of Music with Distinction, majoring in Performance Piano at the Royal College of Music, with Ashley Wass. He is now studying for a doctorate at the University of Auckland.
He has achieved considerable success on three instruments: piano, accordion and harpsichord. Recent highlights include concerto performances with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra and Bach Musica, a recital for the London Chamber Music Society at King’s Place, and recitals at St James’s Piccadilly and Princess Alexandra Hall. Last year, he won the Mitchell Prize after four rounds of the Royal Overseas League Competition, and reached the semi-finals of the Jean Francaix International Piano Competition. He also gained 12th place in the Accordion World Championship in Shanghai, and has twice been the South Pacific and NZ Open champion on the classical accordion.
Eddie enjoys performing works by living New Zealand composers as part of his concert practice, and has recorded for composers Jack Body, Leonie Holmes, and John Elmsly.
Alongside his private piano teaching practise, for the past six years he has been a tutor with the APO’s Sistema Aotearoa programme in South Auckland and enjoys working with a section of the community who may not otherwise be exposed to classical music.