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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.
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, pianist. 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.
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The Women's Musical Club (WMC) of Winnipeg, formed in 1894, is the oldest continuously operating musical organization in Winnipeg. WMC continues its long tradition of providing a stage for talented young Canadian artists about to embark on an international career.