Gregory Luce, viola
Gregory Luce is currently a doctoral fellowship student studying with Katherine Murdock (formerly of the Mendelssohn Quartet) at the University of Maryland at College Park. Mr. Luce has performed in the Akron and Mansfield Symphonies, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and as the associate principal violist of the Erie Philharmonic from 2007-2009. He has performed at festivals in Austria, England, Hungary, Germany, Canada, and the United States, and has premiered dozens of pieces in varied ensembles across the United States, with concert venues including the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Severance Hall and the Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore. As an educator he is also in demand, having been invited to coach, teach privately, and perform at numerous festivals such as the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy and the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Summer Workshop.
Mr. Luce has enjoyed an ongoing working relationship with the Conspirare Symphonic Choir of Austin, TX since 2011. Following a performance alongside them in January of 2011, the concert was hailed by National Public Radio as being “dreamlike…uncanny.” The same concert was reviewed by Brett Campbell of the Wall Street Journal, who called the performance “a powerful new achievement in American music that vividly traces a journey from despair to transcendence.
Mr. Luce graduated from the Peabody Conservatory initially (B.M.), where he studied with Stephen Wyrczynski of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Victoria Chiang, and afterwards graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M.), where he studied with Mark Jackobs of the Cleveland Orchestra. As a member of the Aeolus Quartet, Mr. Luce was honored to be in the first graduate string quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Artist Diploma with high honors while studying with John Largess of the Miró Quartet. Before entering Peabody, he was principal violist of the Memphis Youth Symphony for three years, in which he won the concerto competition in 2000. Mr. Luce was awarded the first two Viola Assistant Fellowships to attend the MasterWorks Festival in 2007 and 2008, and was invited by the same festival to attend Recreatio, a week-long arts summit in Winchester, England.
Since 2008 he has been violist of the Aeolus Quartet, top strings prize winners of the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, First Prize winners of the 2011 Plowman and Yellow Springs Competitions, and silver medalist of the Fischoff Competition’s Senior String division, as well as bronze medalists at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall. Following their performance in Trondheim’s International Chamber Music Competition of 2009, they were praised by Strad magazine for their “high-octane performance,” with Mr. Luce receiving particular note as being “especially enjoyable.”