Amanda Tiffin was born in Zimbabwe, but has made her home and her name in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied Jazz Composition and Performance at the University of Cape Town.

She received her Masters Degree with distinction, and has gone on to become one of Cape Town’s best-loved vocalist-pianists, and a respected Musical Director/Arranger, orchestrator and composer.

 Amanda has performed extensively as a vocalist and pianist in South Africa in numerous Jazz venues, Concert Halls and festivals. She has appeared in London, toured regularly as a jazz artist in Japan and Taiwan, and more recently in Paris and Italy.

A versatile artist, Amanda has performed in varying genres: from Musical theatre and stage shows to intimate jazz concerts. She is in demand as a Musical Director, and is a busy arranger, writing for a variety of combinations, but specializing in vocal arranging and producing, and big band writing. She is currently the musical director and main arranger for the Lady Day Big Band.

Amanda has recorded seven albums, three as soloist, and three with different international collaborative projects.

Amanda is a passionate and respected educator, and regularly conducts workshops and master classes throughout South Africa and abroad. She is Head of Jazz Studies at the University of Cape Town and her students have gone on to achieve success on international stages, as local recording artists and as educators in schools and institutions all over South Africa.


“Let’s hear it for standards – jazz standards that is –  when they’re performed, re-interpreted, with the consummate skill and nuanced innovation of Amanda Tiffin”
Wilhelm Snyman

Cape Argus

“Treat yourself to an artist who has individuality, style and a voice to suit all the variations in this wide-ranging repertoire”
Rafiek Mammon


“Amanda Tiffin must surely be one of the best performing pianists in Cape Town.
She doesn’t merely impress, she transports you to whatever landscape her voice is tapping, and it’s always a rich and emotive one”
Peter Tromp

Cape Times

“Tiffin’s voice was utterly sublime”
Karin Schimke

Cape Argus