Rhydian Griffiths, a native of Swansea, South Wales, read music at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating with honours in 2005. As a soloist he has enjoyed success in many competitions, including first prizes at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod of Wales on numerous occasions. Furthermore, he was also a finalist in the Rotary International Young Musician Competition 2000 and also the Texaco Young Musician of Wales 2001. Rhydian is one of only two people ever to have given a performance of Alun Hoddinott’s trumpet concerto, The Shining Pyramid, doing so with the Cardiff Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2001. In 2002, he was invited to give a performance of the Arutiunian trumpet concerto in a concert masterclass with Roger Webster at the annual International Trumpet Guild conference.
At national level, Rhydian has played for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and has also held the principal seat with the National Youth Brass Band, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra of Wales. During his time at Oxford, he held the position of Manager of the Oxford University Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra as well as acting as a Director of the Turl Street Arts Festival. Last year he gave the world premiere of British composer Tim Benjamin’s work The Four Dragons: A Chinese Tale for solo trumpet, brass ensemble and percussion. Rhydian also recently performed the Neruda trumpet concerto with the Spezzati. In April 2007 he will be touring India as lead trumpet with the Oxford University Big Band. He is also a keen skier.