Canadian violinist Gregory Lewis has established a reputation as an emerging artist possessing “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press). Lewis has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Consortium Aurora Borealis, Colburn Academy Virtuosi, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and has performed extensively across North America and Europe as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. Lewis made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 as First Prize Winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition, and has also received First Prize in the Canadian National Music Festival, as well as Second Prize in the Doris McLellan Competition and the Canadian Music Competition National Finals.
Named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30", Lewis has performed with the Virtuosi Concert Series, Scotia Festival of Music, Concerts@Capital, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Virtuoso & Belcanto, Skywalk Recital Series, and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, among others. Lewis recently made his Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center chamber music debuts through the Yale in New York concert series and the United Nations Chamber Music Society, and he appeared on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series as co-winner of the 2018 Yale Chamber Music Competition. He has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists, including Julie Albers, Emanuel Ax, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Brian Manker, Barry Shiffman, and Benjamin Verdery. Lewis recently completed a recording of Mozart’s Piano Quintet, KV 413 alongside pianist Robert Blocker and the Statera Quartet on the Nimbus Alliance label, which is now available on all major streaming platforms.
Lewis’ festival appearances include the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop, Aspen Music Festival and School, the Juilliard School Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as a David Bythell Award of Excellence recipient. Through his studies, Lewis has had the opportunity to work with Noah Bendix-Balgley, James Ehnes, Midori Goto, Hsin-Yun Huang, Paul Kantor, Jennifer Koh, and Donald Weilerstein, as well as members of the Brentano, Pacifica, Takacs, and Tokyo quartets.
A passionate orchestral leader, Lewis has served as Concert Master of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Colburn Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, and as Associate Concert Master of the Manitoba Underground Opera and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. He has served as Guest Principal Second Violin of the National Arts Centre Orchestra on five programs since December 2018, and has performed as Principal Second Violin of the Yale Philharmonia. Lewis has also substituted for numerous orchestras, including the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and others.
Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lewis completed his ARCT Diploma in Violin Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, under the instruction of Olga Medvedeva. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and Yale University, where he studied with Oleg Pokhanovski, Chris Anstey, and Ani Kavafian. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory of Music as a student of Martin Beaver.
When not on stage or in a practice room, Lewis is a voracious reader, avid hiker, daily Scrabble player, and a lover of travel. His ideal day is one spent with close family and friends in the isolated beauty of Northern Canada where he spent his childhood.
© Gregory Lewis 2019