Jordan Grigg

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Jordan Grigg
Citizenship  Canada
Residence British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Music Composer
School Band Director

Jordan Grigg is a Canadian composer/arranger, conductor, teacher, violinist, violist, and pianist. He has conducted performances of La Boheme by Puccini and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni as well as symphonies, overtures, concertos and concert pieces of Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, Debussy, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Sibelius and many others. He has also conducted premieres of several Canadian compositions and also his own works.

Early life

Grigg began his musical studies with the violin at the age of 2. He was inspired to be a conductor at age 5, and began composing when he was 7. He had his first composition lessons in the fields of harmony, ear training and dictation at the age of 9 with Alan Grigg, his Uncle. Grigg started playing in the NSYO when he was 10, switching to viola at 15 and winning several awards in festivals and competitions both at the local, provincial and national levels. Some of his repertoire included Viola Concertos by Bartok, Walton, Hoffmeister and Stamitz, the complete Cello Suites by Bach and several smaller works by Hindemith and Reger. His first chance to conduct an ensemble came at the age of 14, when he was asked to conduct the local school band. After that he conducted the New Minas Concert Band at the age of 16. On returning to Nova Scotia he conducted the Acadia’s Brass, Percussion, and Wind Ensembles, as well as the Acadia Symphony Orchestra. For 2 years, 2000-2002, he directed his own ensemble called Trias Harmonicas and from 2002-2005 he conducted the Chebucto Symphony Orchestra in Halifax.

Adult life

Grigg was accepted to the NYO when he was 18 years and was soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in performances of the Stamitz Viola Concerto. His studies have focused on viola performance, conducting, composition and music education. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and Acadia University where some of his instructors have been Walter Trampler, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Felice, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Maneri, Pascal Verrot, Benjamin Zander, John Cage, Alan Hoffman, Owen Stephens and Christoph Both.

Commonwealth of Dracul National Anthem

Grigg was approached by Stephen Luke, one of the Founders of Dracul, as Dracul had been struggling finding a national anthem that all of its citizens could relate to. After agreeing to a hiring price and discussing the type of anthem's emotion, Grigg agreed to take on the job, ultimately creating Dracul, Our Fatherland.

Parliamentary Monarchy of Duckionary National Anthem

After Archduke Arthur was pointed out to Jordan Grigg by Stephen Luke in July 2023, the Duckionary government had a national anthem composed in August 2023, which can be heard on YouTube under the title "Our Fatherland". Grigg also composed the coronation fanfare for the coronation of Archduke Arthur.