Founded in January 2020, the Zyra Trio consists of violinist Gregory Lewis, cellist David Liam Roberts, and pianist Paul Williamson. The Canadian musicians first met in 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada, and performed together in various capacities for five years before officially establishing themselves as a chamber ensemble. Zyra has performed in Manitoba and Ontario, and recently appeared on the Virtuosi Concert Series in Winnipeg alongside guest violist Bethany Hargreaves. With the generous support of the SOCAN Foundation, Zyra commissioned and premiered “Dream Streams” by Canadian composer Tristan Zaba in August 2020. Highlights from the trio’s 2020-2021 season includes a recital on the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg Concert Series and a recital in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Violinist Gregory Lewis
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), and was featured on the 2017 edition of CBC Music’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30”. Lewis has appeared with orchestras including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Academy Virtuosi, Consortium Aurora Borealis, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and has received top prizes at the National Music Festival of Canada, WMC McLellan Competition, Canadian Music Competition, and the Yale Chamber Music Competition. He currently studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Martin Beaver, and holds degrees from the University of Manitoba and Yale University, where he studied with Oleg Pokhanovki and Ani Kavafian.
Cellist David Liam Roberts
Winner of the 1st Prize and Grand Award at the 2018 National Music Festival of Canada, David Liam Roberts is establishing himself as one of the most exciting Canadian cellists of his generation. David Liam was named the 2020 recipient of the Michael Measures 2nd Prize, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2019, he was named one of Canada’s “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” by the CBC.
Originally from Winnipeg, the Métis cellist is currently studying in Toronto with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he holds the full-tuition Chisholm scholarship and is supported by the Manitoba Arts Council.
As the 2nd Prize winner of the 2018 WMC McLellan Competition, David Liam is elated to be returning to the WMC stage.
Pianist Paul Williamson
Canadian pianist Paul Williamson is a first prize winner of the 2017 CFMTA national piano competition, the 2014 FCMF national music festival, and a finalist in the 2020 WMC McLellan Competition. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra, and the Fraser Valley Symphony Orchestra. He has participated in the following festivals: Morningside Music Bridge, Orford, Scotia, and Kneisel Hall. Paul is currently a graduate student at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in the studio of Fabio Bidini. His other musical influences include David Moroz and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Paul is grateful for the support of the BC Arts Council.