New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Eddie Giffney recently received his Masters of Music with First Class Honours, majoring in Performance Piano at the University of Auckland. Last year he began further piano studies at the Royal College of Music with Ashley Wass, with fortepiano tuition from Geoffrey Govier.
He has achieved considerable success on four keyboard instruments: piano, fortepiano, accordion and harpsichord. Recent highlights include concerto performances with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra and Bach Musica, winning the Mitchell Prize at the ROSL Overseas Awards, a third placing in the Wallace National Piano Competition, and a recital at Kings Place. 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, John Elmsly and Gary Daverne.