Hanna Wiskari Griffiths
Hanna has always been surrounded by music. She grew up on the Swedish west coast, in Stenungsund, and at the age of 10 she found her instrument; the saxophone. In her teens she seriously feel in love the folk music, a music and a culture that’s been in her life since childhood.
Today Hanna is working as a folk musician and a teacher with a number of different groups as well as participating in a variety of projects. With her roots in the Swedish traditonal music, and especially the music from her home region, she is taking parts of many exciting musical projects that holds tradition as well as improvisation.
Hanna studied traditional Swedish music at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm where she graduated in the spring of 2005. She also received a grant for young folk musicians from the Bror Hjort foundation: ”…for a technical brillancy and engaging performance on the soprano saxophone with a spectaculor blending of innovation, ground breaking expression and the preservation of cultural traditions.”
Since then Hanna has been living in both Stockholm and New Zealand. Today she lives in Göteborg but work in the whole country as well as abroad.
Hanna has always combined being an performing artist with teaching. In additon to her job at Stenungsund’s Music School she is teaching regulary at different music courses, workshops and as a saxophone teacher.
The last few years she’s been working at Ethno Sweden, The Folk Music department in Odense, Hovra, Västra låtverkstan, Grebbestad folkmusikfestival and many other courses.