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), Gregory Lewis has established himself as one of Canada’s most prominent rising violinists. Appearing with the Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, and Kitchener-Waterloo symphony orchestras, Lewis has also had numerous engagements with student and chamber orchestras, including Consortium Aurora Borealis and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, he has been featured from coast to coast in Canada, with highlights including the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax), Virtuosi Recital Series (Winnipeg), the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg, Ottawa Chamberfest, and most recently a recital tour of British Columbia. He has also appeared in recital in New York, Indiana, and Colorado, most notably in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall twice in 2015.
Lewis is a laureate of several national and international competitions, including First Prize in the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and Second Prize in the 2016 WMC McLellan Competition, the 2015 Canadian Music Competition National Finals, and the 2016 Enkor International Piano and Violin Competition. He will be competing in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals National Finals this August. During his undergraduate degree, Lewis won nearly every major competition in Winnipeg, including the University of Manitoba Concerto Competition, the Genser Scholarship Competition, the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Scholarship Competition, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Up Close and Orchestral Competition.
Lewis has held distinguished positions at a number of North America’s top summer institutions, including the Aspen Music Festival and School (Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Award), the Juilliard School Starling-DeLay Violin Symposium (Student Artist), and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (David Bythell Award of Excellence), of which he served as concert master on their 2015 national tour. Through his studies, he has had the chance to work with many of the world’s most respected pedagogues and performers, including Midori Goto, James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Donald Weilerstein, Stephanie Chase, and Paul Kantor.
Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Lewis studied with Olga Medvedeva for eleven years before moving to Winnipeg at the age of sixteen. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Oleg Pokhanovski, where he received the gold medal for highest academic standing in his graduating class. In September 2017, Lewis will begin his Master’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Yale School of Music with Ani Kavafian.
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.