The Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg is proud to be the oldest continuously operating musical organization in Winnipeg, as we bring you another exciting five concert season!
|Performers:||Gregory Lewis – violin
Paul Williamson – piano
|Time & Date:||2:00 p.m. – Sunday, October 15, 2017|
|Location:||Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd.|
|Tickets:*||$25, Student tickets $5|
Gregory Lewis – violin – Praised for his “brilliant technique and control” (Chronicle Journal) and “wonderful musical personality” (Winnipeg Free Press), violinist Gregory Lewis has established himself as one of central Canada’s most prominent rising musicians. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario studying with Olga Medvedeva, Gregory is now pursuing an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski and Chris Anstey. He has also worked with many of the world’s top pedagogues and artists, including Midori Goto, James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Paul Kantor, the Pacifica Quartet, and the Gryphon Trio.
Gregory has been a featured soloist with the Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Kitchener-Waterloo symphonies, and has had numerous engagements with Canadian chamber and student orchestras. During his studies in Winnipeg, Gregory received Second Prize in 2016 Doris McLellan Competition and First Prize in every other instrumental competition in the city, including the 2016 Women’s Musical Club Scholarship Competition, the 2016 Genser Competition, the 2015 Aikins Memorial Award, the 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award, the 2014 Provincial Student Soloist Competition, and the 2013 University of Manitoba Concerto Competition. He is a laureate of many national and international competitions, including the 2016 Enkor International Piano and Violin Competition, the 2015 Canadian Music Competition National Finals, and the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, earning him two recital performances in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Gregory has appeared as recitalist from coast to coast in Canada, as well as in New York, Indiana, and Colorado, and is preparing for a recital tour in British Columbia in May 2017.
In addition to his solo career, Gregory has held distinguished orchestral positions at a number of North America’s top summer institutions, including the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Scotia Festival Orchestra, and the MasterWorks Festival Orchestra. A member of the 2015 National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he was an Award of Excellence recipient and served as concert master on their national tour. As a high demand concert master, Gregory has led orchestras in many of Canada’s largest concert halls, including Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Chan Centre in Vancouver, Windspear Centre in Edmonton, and Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg. While still completing his undergraduate degree, Gregory is first violin in the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and a substitute violinist for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Gregory is a founding member and first violin of the Chroma Quartet, an ensemble formed in 2014. Quickly gaining a reputation as Manitoba’s premier student chamber group, the Chroma Quartet frequently performs in recital throughout Winnipeg, being featured by Virtuosi, the Skywalk Recital Series, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Simkin Centre Recital Series. A competitive ensemble, the Chroma Quartet was selected to represent Manitoba at the 2016 Canadian Music Competition National Finals.
Aside from violin, Gregory formally studied piano performance for sixteen years, and is an accomplished composer, having a symphony premiered by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2014. In his free time, Gregory enjoys reading and travelling, and loves hiking, fishing, and camping in his Northern Ontario hometown.
We are pleased to have him perform a recital for us this year after winning first place in the 2016 WMC Scholarship auditions and performing in the 2016 WMC Scholarship Winners’ Recital in December 2016 as well as taking second place in the 2016 WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in April 2016!
Paul Williamson – piano. A native of British Columbia, Paul Williamson currently studies at the University of Manitoba where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under Dr. David Moroz. An award winner at local, provincial, and national competitions, Paul received first place in the piano category at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Music Festival in Kelowna, 2014. He has received 1st place in the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers’ Association Piano Competition and was showcased in the BC Young Artists Tour during 2012-2013. Paul has also received 1st place in the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers’ Association Piano Competition. He has participated in masterclasses with Yoheved Kaplinsky, John Perry, Andre Laplante, Lee Kum-Sing, Marc Durand, and others while attending summer festivals including Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival, Orford Arts Centre and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.
In his first year of studies, Paul won the school’s annual concerto competition and received 1st prize in the Lawrence Genser Scholarship Competition. He has performed as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra, and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra with whom he will be a returning performer later in the 2016-2017 season. Paul has had the opportunity to perform for and support several outreach programs including the Bakerview Music Academy, Hope for Korah, and Communitas Supportive Care Society. Paul is a grateful recipient of the Sharon Stevenson Career Development Scholarship.
**Paul Williamson – Third-year pianist a four-time national award winner**
Paul Williamson, who is in his third year studying piano at the Desautels Faculty of Music, represented Manitoba at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association National Competition in late March.
Not only did Paul win first prize at the Competition ($6,000), he was also awarded three of the four special prizes:
Dorothy Buckley Prize for the best performance of a Canadian composition ($1,000)
Marek Jablonski Prize for the best performance of a Chopin composition ($1,000)
Willard Schultz Prize for the performer whose reading of Baroque music best communicates the intentions of the composer in the opinion of the adjudicator panel ($1,500)
“Paul’s performances were outstanding,” said Edmund Dawe, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music who attended the conference/competition in Baltimore. “The demanding music he chose showcased his impressive artistry in a wide range of styles.”
Both incredibly talented young men indeed! You won’t want to miss this opening concert!!
Tickets will also be available at the door. For a season brochure or to also order a subscription by phone: 204-944-9431. WMC is a member of Musicnet.