Annelle K. Gregory

Annelle Kazumi Gregory is 1st Prize & Audience Choice award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. She also won 1st Prize in the 2017 “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Competition, the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, the 2015 Beverly Hills National Auditions, and the Gold Medal in the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO Competition. In 2017, Gregory released a CD on the Bridge Records, Inc. label with Russian pianist Alexander Sinchuk, “Rachmaninoff: Complete Works & Transcriptions for Violin & Piano.” She also recorded another CD with Sinchuk in 2014 and in 2015 recorded with international organist Carol Williams on her CD, "Just Carol - Compositions."

Gregory has won 1st Prize in the 2014-16 Musical Merit Competitions, 2016 Classics Alive Young Artist Auditions, 2013 La Jolla Symphony Young Artists Competition, 2013 San Diego Symphony "Hot Shots" Young Artists Competition, 2013 Grossmont Community Concert Association Competition, 2012 Long Beach Mozart Festival Concerto Competition, 2012 Jester Hairston Competition, 2012 NANM Georgia Laster Branch Competition, 2012 Bellflower Symphony Concerto Competition, and 2011 Torrance Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as the competitions of the ASTA, MTAC, and MTAC-VOCE organizations.

Gregory was awarded the 2014 Glenn Dicterow Music Scholarship, has received scholarships from the League of Allied Arts and the Musical Merit Foundation, and has been supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant.

From 2012-2015, Gregory was concertmaster and featured soloist for the California International Music Festival Orchestra at Namedy & Weikersheim Castles, Germany. She has also performed with the symphonies of Detroit, La Jolla, San Diego, Chicago Sinfonietta, Nashville, Santa Monica, California Chamber Orchestra, Torrance, and the Long Beach Mozart Festival, among others. She has worked with such conductors as Mei-Ann Chen, Andrew Grams, Guido Lamell, Anthony Parnther, Chelsea Tipton, Michelle Merrill, and Thomas Wilkins. Gregory was a featured soloist in the 2016 iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates and served as Asst. Concertmaster for the 2013 World Youth Chamber Orchestra tour and also in 2013 opened for the Moscow Ballet, performing a solo with the principal ballerina. She has been featured on the radios of BBC, American Public Media, KUSC, WQXR, and others as well as on German Television and Detroit Public Television.

Gregory has performed at numerous venues abroad in Russia, the U.K. (Royal Albert Hall), Germany, and Portugal, as well as throughout the U.S. (Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Kennedy Center).

Gregory's teachers have included former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and Michael & Irina Tseitlin. She also performs on viola and has played piano since age 4. She has played drumset, guitar, and bass guitar and composes music in a variety of styles from classical to rock. Gregory has studied and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian classics and cooking.