Karin Griffin

  • Previous student at Victorian College of the Arts
  • 30+ years teaching violin locally and internationally
  • Professional Violinist

Karin has over 30years experience as a professional violinist and teacher. She brings to her teaching a broad depth of professional performance experience and eclectic training in most types, forms and genre of music from around the world.

She was acting Head of Strings at Ballarat Clarendon College and guest concertmaster of Ballarat Symphony Orchestra (2023) and runs her own private studio in Ballarat East. She performs in and around Ballarat with top local musicians.

She has tutored and given master classes workshops and Professional Development, adjudicated in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Geraldton and Bunbury (WA) Thailand and for AUSTA QLD in Bunderberg. She was president and committee member of Australian String Association Western Australia (AUSTAWA) and a committee member of AUSTA QLD, and a qualified member of WA Music Teachers Association, along with being a former examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board WA. She has also tutored the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and the WA Youth Orchestra and started her teaching journey at Scotch College in Melbourne, Firbank Grammar School and Haileybury Private School and worked at various top private schools and in her private studio in Kew in her early years.

Karin has tutored students of all ages and stages and is passionate about handing on her skills providing advanced teaching and mentoring, and assisting others with their teaching practices. Many former students are now themselves tutoring and performing professionally in Australia and around the world.

She currently performs as a freelance Acoustic & Electric Violinist, a classically trained violinist who plays the blues, gypsy jazz and folk music as well as a classical violinist.

Karin has performed with various orchestras, bands, trios, jazz groups and duos and has also shared the stage with such greats as: Eric Clapton, Henry Mancini, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Adler & Sinead O'Connor and worked with the Royal Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, WA Symphony Orchestra as well as performing on films such as Licence to Kill and Mad Max (1 & 2) starting her career in Melbourne with the Brian May and the ABC Melbourne Showband playing on recordings and films, TV performances on Young Talent Time and Darrel Summers shows and leading and solo in West End Musicals from an early age.

If you are interested in booking an initial lesson/audition or want to have a world class musician perform at your events then please contact her on:
0417 108 817

Details last updated: January 1, 2024