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GREGORY FULKERSON Violinist

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"Masterful ... a sheer joy to hear ... a musician of the highest caliber."
The Cincinnati Enquirer 

Biography:
 
Internationally acclaimed violinist GREGORY FULKERSON has had a flourishing career in both classical and contemporary music.

It was as a major exponent of American contemporary music that Mr. Fulkerson rose to prominence, taking the First Prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center (now sponsored by Carnegie Hall). As a result of that victory, Mr. Fulkerson began a very active performing career which included debuts in New York, London, Paris, Rome, and Brussels. He has performed over 30 concerti with orchesrtra, including the World Premieres of the John Becker Concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Richard Wernick Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Roy Harris Concerto with the North Carolina Symphony (later performing and recording it with The Louisville Orchestra). Among the conductors under whose baton Mr. Fulkerson has played are Riccardo Muti, Zdenek Macal, Geoffrey Simon, Keith Lockhart, Bernard Rubenstein, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Gerhardt Zimmermann, Robert Spano, and Marin Alsop. He performed the title role in the 1992 revival of the Philip Glass opera, EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH, for a total of 48 performances on four continents, and later recorded the work for Nonesuch.

Gregory Fulkerson was born in Iowa City, Iowa. He studied at Oberlin College and at The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Paul Kling, David Cerone, Robert Mann, Ivan Galamian, and Dorothy DeLay. His debut recording (on New World Records) was chosen one of the year’s best by The New York Times, and his recording of the complete Violin Sonatas of Charles Ives (on Bridge Records) has become the standard for that repertoire; other Bridge recordings include the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach (chosen one of the Best CDs of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine) and the Stephen Jaffe Violin Concerto (winner of the Olga & Serge Koussevitzky International Recording Award).  His latest recording on the Albany Records label features the Paul Creston Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller conducting.

Press Excerpts:
 
“Masterful ... a sheer joy to hear ... a musician of the highest caliber”
The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Transparent, lucid readings ... countless interpretive shadings”
The New York Times

“Superlative ... immense expressive rewards ... insightful, heartfelt, meticulous, virtuosic, beauteous, and above all, convincing”
Musical America

“Thoughtful ... insightful ... warm ... communicative”
The Philadelphia Enquirer

“It’s always advisable to be present when Gregory  Fulkerson   picks  up   his  violin   ... impressive ... eloquent ... expert ... a virtuoso fiddler, capable of fireworks from bow and fingers”
Louisville Courier-Journal

“A major talent ... unusual authority ... his intonation is excellent, his sound, robust”
The Milwaukee Journal

“Passionate involvement ... brilliant technique”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A superb disc ... open-eyed, warm-hearted, deep-minded ... buy and treasure this CD” (the complete Violin Sonatas of Charles Ives)
Classic CD

“Refined ... remarkable ... seemingly limitless technique -- and no less imagination”
Milwaukee Sentinel

“Virtuoso violinist ... penetrating insight ... gorgeous tone ... disarming ease .. dazzling technique”
Albany Times-Union
 

Concerto Repertoire:
 
BACH: Concerto in A minor;  Concerto in E Major
 
BARBER: Concerto
 
BEETHOVEN: Concerto
 
BERG: Concerto
 
BRAHMS: Concerto
 
BRUCH: Concerto No. 1; Scottish Fantasy

PAUL CRESTON: Concerto No. 2 (1960)

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY: “Fire and Blood” (2003)

DVORAK: Concerto

PHILIP GLASS: Concerto

ROY HARRIS: Concerto

STEPHEN JAFFE: Concerto (1999)

MENDELSSOHN: Concerto

GIAN-CARLO MENOTTI: Concerto

RAVEL: Tzigane

SCHÖNBERG: Concerto

SIBELIUS: Concerto

TCHAKOVSKY: Concerto

VIVALDI: Four Seasons

WEILL: Concerto for Violin and Winds

RICHARD WERNICK: Concerto

WIENIAWSKI: Concerto No. 2

Discography:
 
PAUL CRESTON: VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2
(with the Albany Symphony Orchestra,
David Alan Miller, conductor)
(Albany)

STEPHEN JAFFE: CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA
(with the Odense Symphony Orchstra,
Donald Palma, conductor)
(Winner of the Koussevitzky Prize)
(Bridge)

BACH: COMPLETE SONATAS AND PARTITAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN
(Bridge)
 
CHARLES IVES: COMPLETE SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
(with Robert Shannon, pianist)
(Bridge)
 
RICHARD WERNICK: VIOLIN CONCERTO
(with Symphony II, Larry Rachleff, conductor)
(Bridge)

PHILIP GLASS: EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH
(The Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael Riesman, conductor)
(Elektra-Nonesuch)

VARIOUS COMPOSERS: CADENZAS AND VARIATIONS
(New World)

 

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Greg & his lovely wife Fadel in New York City

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