This week, three finalists perform alongside maestro Daniel Raiskin and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the final round of the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg McClellan Competition for Solo Performance, at Jubilee Place Auditorium. 

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, violinist Gregory Lewis completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba before further studies at Yale University and Colburn School. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, studying with Ani Kavafian as a George W. Miles fellowship recipient.

All by age 25. 

Lewis’ meteoric rise and relentless musicianship have led to solo appearances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Academy Virtuosi, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. 

A passionate chamber musician, Lewis has performed at the Four Seasons, Norfolk, Olympic, Taos, Toronto Summer music festivals, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and, as well the Avaloch Music Institute where he held residencies.

Gregory Lewis joined Simeon on Morning Light to discuss his dogged determination and musical artistry; being a repeat WMC McLellan Finalist; and what it is like to return to Winnipeg where he spent four formative years. 

The WMC McLellan Competition final takes place on Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Jubilee Place Auditorium (MBCI).


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