Massachusetts native Griffin McMahon is gaining wide acclaim as a
versatile organist and pianist crossing both classical and contemporary
styles. A passionate and electrifying performing artist, he has
performed at some of the country's most famous venues, including: New
York's Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and St. Mary the Virgin Times
Square; Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center; Mechanic's
Hall; Boston's Symphony Hall; Princeton University Chapel; and on the
world's largest functioning pipe organ, the Wanamaker Organ at Macy's
Center City Philadelphia, among others. His performances on the
“Wanamaker Organ Hour” have been broadcast on WRTI radio numerous times,
and his recent performance at Lincoln Center was broadcast on American
Public Media’s “Pipedreams” radio in September 2013.
Griffin lives in Brooklyn and studies organ at The Juilliard School.
He studies organ with Grammy Award winning organist Paul Jacobs, chair
of the organ department. At Juilliard, he is the recipient of the
Juilliard Alumni Scholarship and The Chairman's Grant. He is currently
the Organ Scholar at Christ Church, United Methodist in Manhattan.
Griffin's primary teachers include Paul Jacobs, Matthew Lewis and Peter
Beardsley (organ) and Ernest Barretta and Abigail Thomsen (piano). He is
the first prize winner of the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship Organ
Competition and has won prizes in the Regional Competition for Young
Organists (Region I). An avid supporter of new music, he has premiered
works by Juilliard composers Sean Smeed and Alice Gi-Young Hwang.
Equally at home in the worlds of classical and popular music,
Griffin has performed at diverse venues ranging from concert halls like
Lincoln Center and the Kimmel Center to club venues like The Living
Room, Spike Hill, and Public Assembly. Griffin’s other interests include
cycling, visual art, history, improvisation, and teaching. Since his
early teenage years, he has taught music lessons to children and hopes
to continue more work in education and building community through the