|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. 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 frequent engagements with Canadian chamber and student orchestras. He is a prize winner of many national and international competitions, including the 2016 Enkor International Piano and Violin Competition, the 2015 Canadian Music Competition National Finals, the 2016 Doris McLellan Competition, and the 2015 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, earning him two recital performances in Carnegie Hall.
In addition to his solo career, Gregory has held distinguished orchestral positions in several of North America’s top summer festival orchestras, 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 almost all 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. Gregory is a substitute violinist for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and a section violinist in the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Gregory is a founding member and first violin of the Chroma Quartet, a student 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 2013. In his free time, Gregory enjoys reading and travelling, and loves hiking, fishing, and camping in his Northern Ontario hometown.
| David Liam Roberts, Cello. David Liam Roberts has been described as a “Prodigiously gifted young cellist who displays an artistic sensibility well beyond his tender years” (Winnipeg Free Press).
A student of Yuri Hooker, David Liam has been awarded prizes at national competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition and the FCMF National Music Festival, in addition to numerous scholarships and honours from local competitions in Winnipeg. David Liam began his cello studies at the age of three, and by age 12 had been awarded the Victor Feldbrill trophy for the most outstanding string performance at the Winnipeg Music Festival. He has been mentored by many of the great pedagogues of our time, having attended several music festivals including the Morningside Music Bridge program and the Meadowmount School of Music.
As the winner of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Student Soloist Competition, he performed as soloist with the WSO in several concerts at local schools as a part of their “Up Close and Orchestral” tour. He has also appeared as soloist with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra, in which he served as principal cellist for several years. A frequent recitalist, he performed a solo recital for the 2015 Agassiz Chamber Music Festival, in addition to having initiated, organized and performed six public solo recitals in the past. He also spends much of his time as a chamber musician, and has been performing often as a member of the Chroma Quartet since 2014.
Passionate about serving communities, Mr. Roberts is the regional director of the Manitoba region of the “Back to BACH Project”, which has the objective of inspiring children to have vision and determination in achieving excellence in hobbies such as playing a musical instrument. With other young musicians, he has visited many elementary schools in the 2016-2017 year to give performances and presentations as a part of this project. He strives to strengthen communities and to use music as a powerful medium for meaningful communication with audiences. Besides studying music, David Liam is in his final year of high school and is very interested in other fields of study such as philosophy, theology and logic.