About
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 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 has performed with the Arazzo Music Festival, Boston GuitarFest, Concerts@Capital, Lake George Music Festival, Musica Viva, Oneppo Chamber Music Series, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Skywalk Recital Series, United Nations Chamber Music Society, Virtuosi Concert Series, Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, and Yale in New York, among others. He has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists, including Julie Albers, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, 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, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, 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, Emerson, Miro, Pacifica, Takacs, and Tokyo quartets.

An active orchestral leader, Lewis has served as Concert Master of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Colburn Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival String Orchestra, University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra. 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, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Juilliard415.

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 2022