Griffin Stoller is an 18 year old multi-instrumentalist and alternative string musician who made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 16. Since picking up the violin at two years of age, he has won numerous contests, awards and scholarships including First Prize in the American Protege International Music Competition in 2011 and the prestigious Gershwin Award in 2008. He has been awarded First Place titles in the California State Fiddle Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007, and the Western Open Fiddle Championship in 2006 and 2010. Griffin was named "Outstanding Soloist" at the Stanford Jazz Workshop in 2008. In 2005 he received the American String Teachers Association Award for Alternative Strings.
In competition, Griffin frequently turns tradition on its head with unorthodox tune selection such as performing the Classical Vieuxtemps virtuoso piece "Souvenir d' Amerique" (variations on Yankee Doodle) and Jimi Hendrix' "Purple Haze" at the strictly Texas-Style National Fiddle Championships in Weiser Idaho winning the national title "Best Male Entertainer" in 2005 and 2009.
Having “made mincemeat out of Fiddle contests” as written in the San Francisco Chronicle and subsequently described as “a fiddle prodigy who crosses the spectrum of musical genres” by the Marin Independent Journal, Griffin immersed himself in the study of Jazz, Blues and Classical violin.
During his 2010 audition for the selective SFJAZZ High School All-Star Orchestra, Griffin was described by a juror as "a reincarnation of Stephane Grappelli" and a violin chair was created for him.
Having embraced guitar and ukulele, Griffin has incorporated unique rock interpretations of time-honored Classical pieces and virtuosic ukulele arrangements into his multi-instrument, multi-genre performances.
In 2010 Griffin founded the violin program at Enriching Lives Through Music, an El Sistema affilliated non-profit, teaching weekly violin classes to underserved school aged children in the San Rafael Canal District for three years.
Griffin performs regionally and nationally as a solo artist and with the Griffin Stoller Band in venues including the House of Blues, Yoshis, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Napa Valley Opera House, The Phoenix Theater and 142 Throckmorton. He has performed numerous times at the reknowned Mill Valley Mountain Play including performances in “Oklahoma” in 2005, “Hair" in 2008 and "Guys and Dolls" in 2010. He has shared the stage with the Waybacks, the Hot Club of San Francisco, Grammy Award winner Fred Satterfield and has opened for Country Joe McDonald of Woodstock fame.