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 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 has performed with the Boston GuitarFest, Concerts@Capital, Musica Viva, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Skywalk Recital Series, Virtuosi Concert Series, Virtuoso & Belcanto, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, 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, 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 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk New Music Workshop, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Lake George Music Festival, the Juilliard School Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as an Award of Excellence recipient. Through his studies, Lewis has had the opportunity to work with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Catherine Cho, James Ehnes, Midori Goto, Paul Kantor, and Donald Weilerstein, as well as members of the Brentano, Pacifica, Takacs, and Tokyo quartets.
An active 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 Juilliard415.
Lewis is a passionate educator and firmly believes that music education should be available and accessible to everyone. Lewis serves as Communications Director and Teaching Artist for the Heartbeat Music Project, a non-profit organization which offers tuition-free music education to K-12 students on the Navajo Reservation. He has taught masterclasses at the University of Manitoba, Lakehead University, and the Aspen Music Festival P.A.L.S. Program, and has held teaching fellowships at Yale University and the University of Manitoba. While living in Los Angeles, California, Lewis held a teaching position at the Colburn School in the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program, and adjudicated for the 2021 Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival.
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.
When not on stage or in a practice room, Lewis enjoys reading, playing chess, cycling, and long walks in nature. His ideal day is one spent with close family and friends in the isolated beauty of Northern Ontario where he spent his childhood.
© Gregory Lewis 2019