This blog presents: Gregory ‘The Artist’
Violinist, conductor, composer Gregory Singer has always sought self- expression in the realm of form and color, in addition to that of sound. Born in Texas, he lived in Oregon for 10 years, and grew up as a teenager in New York City. His father was Jacques Singer, renowned violinist and conductor, and his mother the pianist Leslie Wright who taught at Juilliard. He was earmarked for music by fate and parentage. As a boy he would climb tall evergreen trees to sway in the wind from their tops, which soar too like music. Trains, ships, and bridges were compelling to him. He studied violin at Juilliard and then at the Indiana University School of Music with the great Franco Gulli. Symbolic too that he has lived on both coasts—never landlocked, he sings for the world, and the world for him.
Gregory has traveled the world as a guest conductor. Later he founded the Manhattan Symphonie. But throughout his life he was always sketching and drawing. His art is whimsical, childlike, brimming with fantasy that is also commentary, sweetly angular with promising (but also promissory) images. In musical terms, his art is Prokofiev with Germanic Expressionistic hints. There is a desire to reach for transcendence, yet it is grounded in the travel of life. Not surprising for the boy who swayed in the treetops and loved instruments of travel, bridging too sounds and images.