Praised for his “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian violinist Gregory Lewis enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Since making his debut with Consortium Aurora Borealis at the age of fifteen, Lewis has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Academy Virtuosi, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. Lewis is a First Prize winner of the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition, Canadian National Music Festival, and Yale Chamber Music Competition, as well as a Second Prize winner of the WMC McLellan Competition, Virtuoso e Belcanto Violin Competition, and the Concours de musique du Canada.
Named one of CBC’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30", Lewis regularly performs on solo and chamber music series across North America, including the Lake George Music Festival, Musica Viva, Oneppo Chamber Music Series, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, United Nations Chamber Music Society, Virtuosi Concert Series, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, and Yale in New York, among others. His passion for chamber music has led to performances at the Four Seasons, Norfolk, Olympic, and Toronto Summer music festivals, as well as residencies at the Avaloch Music Institute and performances through the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Lewis has performed alongside numerous esteemed artists, including Julie Albers, Nicholas McGegan, Marcy Rosen, Barry Shiffman, and Steven Tenenbom. Lewis can be heard on the Nimbus Alliance label alongside pianist Robert Blocker and the Statera Quartet, and he recently completed the first recording of Joan Tower’s “For Daniel” as a founding member of the Zyra Trio.
An active orchestral leader, Lewis served as returning Guest Principal Second Violin of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 2018-2020. He has appeared as Concert Master of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as an Award of Excellence recipient, the Colburn Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. Lewis has also substituted for numerous other orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard415, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Lewis grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, where he studied with Olga Medvedeva for eleven years. He holds degrees from the University of Manitoba, Yale University, and the Colburn School, where he studied with Oleg Pokhanovski, Chris Anstey, Ani Kavafian, and Martin Beaver. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, studying with Ani Kavafian as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient.
When not making music, Lewis enjoys reading, playing chess, and cycling. He resides in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife Bethany Hargreaves, a concert violist. Together, they share their love for travel, food, nature, and evenings passed alongside family and friends. .
© Gregory Lewis 2022