Amanda Grigg is a graduate of the South Australian College of Advanced Education, where she studied percussion under the tutelage of James Bailey.
With marimba solo repertoire as a focus, Amanda was a recipient of an Australia Council grant to study in New York with renowned marimba soloists William Moersch and Nancy Zeltsman. On her return to Adelaide, she completed her master’s degree in performance at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
Amanda has since enjoyed a diverse musical career. She has worked regularly as a percussionist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, with highlights including tours to Asia and the US, Australian premiere of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Brett Dean’s Hamlet. As a freelance performer her credits include opera and ballet productions, cabaret, musicals, and movie soundtracks. As chamber musician recent highlights include: Ukaria 24 with Lawrence Power and the world Premiere of Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan for the Adelaide Festival of Arts. Amanda has also recorded for television with the Australian Dance Theatre and for national radio broadcast as a marimba soloist.
As an educator, Amanda is passionate about percussion teaching at all levels, with extensive experience teaching in primary, secondary, and tertiary education settings. She is a Percussion Advisor for the Australian Music Examination Board with compositions published in the AMEB Percussion Series 1 Grade books. In 2014 Amanda was appointed Head of Percussion Studies at the Elder Conservatorium of Music where she now serves as the Head of Brass and Percussion and Associate Director Honours Programs.