Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg
Opening Concert of our 2017/2018 Season!
Gregory Lewis, violin; Paul Williamson, piano. Join us on 15 October 2017 at 2 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Their programme features Sonatas from composers Mozart, Brahms, Ysaÿe and Franck!
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.
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.
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 participated in masterclasses with John Perry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Andre Laplante, Lee Kum-Sing, Marc Durand, and others 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 first prize in the Lawrence Genser Scholarship Competition. He 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 2016/17 season.