Gregory K. Williams is the Assistant Principal Violist of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. 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 was 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. He has also performed with the American Ballet Theatre, Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Parlando, Symphony in C, The Orchestra Now, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Aspen Music Festival. 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 Peter Cetera, Roger Daltrey, Jane Birkin, Iggy Pop, and the Three Irish Tenors. He recently recorded on the concept album for the new musical Goodbye New York, which will be released on May 8th, 2022. His debut solo album, The Raphael Project, featuring the unaccompanied viola sonatas of Günther Raphael, will be released in the summer of 2022.
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 been a guest conductor for several All-County Orchestra festivals.
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. He serves as a Viola Mentor at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD, is on the viola faculty at NYU SummerStrings, and has taught viola and chamber music at the Mountain Springs Chamber Music Festival in Draper, Utah. He has previously served on the string faculties of Saint Francis Preparatory School, P.S. 115 (Queens, NY), Kellenberg Memorial High School, the Ross School, and at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies in Saratoga Springs. He maintains a private viola and violin studio both in person and online in the New York metropolitan area.
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. He is currently the New Music Editor for the American Viola Society.
The Graduate Center, City University of New York:
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- 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