LSU Saxophone Professor, Classical performer.
Artist's BiographyGriffin Campbell has appeared to critical acclaim as a performer throughout the United States and in Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Slovenia, China, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. Conference performances include solo appearances at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and the International Computer Music Conference. World premieres include concerti, chamber music, electro-acoustic works, and smaller pieces both in America and abroad. He has received grants from the Louisiana Foundation for the Arts and from Louisiana State University. His recordings can be found on the Capstone, Centaur, Electronic Music Foundation, SEAMUS, Vestige, and WorldWinds labels. He has conducted seminars and master classes in saxophone performance at universities, conservatories, conferences throughout the United States and internationally, including in Italy at the Faenza International Saxophone Festival (2004, 2006), in China at the Xian International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (2005), and in Bolivia at the 3rd International Saxophone and Clarinet Encounter (2011), and at conservatories in Brazil and Argentina. His musical explorations run from recital appearances to group improvisation, from concerto performance to free jazz and improvised movie scores, from orchestral performance to pop/rock styles.
Dr. Campbell holds degrees from Michigan State University (saxophone studies with James Forger) and Pfeiffer University (saxophone studies with Donald Grant and Michael Price). He is the Regional Director for the Southeastern US and Puerto Rico for the North American Saxophone Alliance, and is Julian R. and Sidney Nicolle Carruth Professor of Saxophone and Instrumental Performance Division Head at the LSU School of Music where he has been on faculty since 1984.
exquisite finesse -- The Saxophone Journal
bravely performed. . . radically unrelenting -- Computer Music Journal
romantic phrases with a beautiful tone and technical skill -- Baton Rouge Advocate
Campbell . . . played beautifully warm, round notes in his instrument\'s lower register. In the upper register, he produced sweet, pure tones [with] vocal-style smoothness -- Baton Rouge Advocate
Campbell [performs with] dexterity and expressive range . . . eloquent -- New Orleans Times-Picayune
[Campbell] played with brute force and rapier wit -- The Record Crate
Griffin Campbell, who looks exactly like a genius hippie college music professor should look, played notes that saxophones were not designed to play. He did so with such effortless skill, such raw and focused talent, that pretty much everybodys head exploded . . . -- D.B. Grady