Gregory K. Williams is the Principal Violist of Parlando and Assistant Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He is a member of the Golden Williams Duo, a viola-cello duo committed to performing music written by a diverse array of composers. He has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, The Orchestra Now, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has played on Broadway in Phantom of the Opera. He was also the founding violist of Rhymes With Opera, performed as a core member of the Red Door Chamber Players, and was the Principal Violist of the Berkshire Opera Festival, and was the Assistant Principal Violist of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. His performances include solo recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States. He has also appeared with popular artists such as The Who, Peter Cetera, Jane Birkin, Iggy Pop, and the Three Irish Tenors. He recently recorded on the concept album for the new musical Goodbye New York, which was released in 2022 at Feinstein’s 54Below. His debut solo album, The Raphael Project, featuring the unaccompanied viola sonatas of Günther Raphael, will be released in 2023.
Dr. Williams is the founder of Queens College Viola Day, and has been on the viola faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY since 2012. For the 2022-23 school year he is teaching viola as a Guest Artist at the Eastman School of Music. He serves as a Viola Mentor at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD, and is on the viola faculty at NYU SummerStrings, and previously taught viola and chamber music at the Mountain Springs Chamber Music Festival in Draper, Utah. He maintains a private viola and violin studio both in person and online in the New York metropolitan area.
As a conductor and orchestral coach, Dr. Williams has conducted and coached several student ensembles, including the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra on Long Island, and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Southampton String Festival, the LIU-Post Summer Music Festival, and the Queens College String Ensemble. He has studied conducting with Mark Shaprio in the Juilliard Extension Division. He has been a guest conductor for several All-County Orchestra festivals.
Greg Williams received his Doctorate in Viola Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he studied with Karen Ritscher and Dr. Linda Sinanian. Previously, Dr. Williams studied with Michelle LaCourse at Boston University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance, and with George Taylor at the Eastman School of Music, receiving his Master’s Degree in Viola Performance and Literature.
The Graduate Center, City University of New York:
New York, NY
- Doctorate of Musical Arts in Viola Performance
- Recipient of Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellowship
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester:
- Master of Music in Viola Performance and Literature
Boston University, College of Fine Arts, School of Music:
- Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance