California Music Violinist


Biography

"Gregory has a quite gorgeous tone, is absolutely secure technically and plays with power, richness and assurance."
 - Terry Robbins, The WholeNote, Canada

Award-winning violinist Annelle Kazumi Gregory is a laureate of international competitions, virtuoso violinist, and recording artist. She is 1st Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Her most recent project was the release of the first-ever CD of Sergei Rachmaninoff's complete violin/piano works, recorded with Russian pianist Alexander Sinchuk (Bridge Records 2017). The CD has received international acclaim and aired on radio stations across the U.S. and Europe. She also recorded two pieces that were dedicated to her with concert organist Carol Williams on Williams’ CD, "Just Carol - Compositions."

Gregory was awarded the 2017 Isaac Stern Award, 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. Other awards include 1st Prizes in the 2017 “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Competition, the 2017 NANM National Strings Competition, the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and the 2017 Beverly Hills National Auditions.

As a soloist Gregory has performed with the symphonies of Detroit, La Jolla, San Diego, Chicago Sinfonietta, Houston, Nashville, Santa Monica, California Chamber Orchestra, and Torrance, working alongside such conductors as Mei-Ann Chen, Robert Franz, Tomasz Golka, Andrew Grams, Guido Lamell, Ken-David Masur, Anthony Parnther, Chelsea Tipton, Michelle Merrill, and Thomas Wilkins. She was a featured soloist for both the 2016 iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates and the 2017 Sphinx Virtuosi National Tour. In 2013 she opened for the Moscow Ballet, performing a solo with the principal ballerina. Gregory has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center, as well as abroad in Russia, the U.K., Germany, and Portugal. She has been featured on BBC, American Public Media, KUSC, and WQXR radios, as well as on German Television and Detroit Public TV.

Gregory graduated first in her class, summa cum laude from USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she studied under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. She also studied with Michael & Irina Tseitlin and Alexander Kirov. In addition to violin, Gregory also performs on viola and has played piano, drumset, guitar, and bass guitar and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian classics and cooking.

Photograph by Michael Oletta