Annelle K. GREGORY & Georgy GUSEV in Concert
December 4th, 5 PM
Address: Mt Olive Lutheran Santa Monica
1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405
Program: (includes fun and not-often-played works by Gliere and Ravel)
* G. Handel/J. Halvorsen. Passacaglia for violin & cello
* R. Gliere. 8 Morceaux for violin & cello
* M. Ravel. Sonata for violin & cello
Annelle Gregory - violin
Annelle is a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the 2016 National Sphinx Competition as well as 1st prize winner of the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition and Gold Medalist of the 2012 National NAACP ACT-SO competition.
In 2010, as part of a national tour, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a 1st violinist of the Sphinx Virtuosi and recorded with the ensemble on their debut album, “Sphinx Virtuosi: Live in Concert.” In 2014, Gregory released a CD with pianist Alexander Sinchuk, “Annelle K. Gregory & Alexander Sinchuk: Grieg, Mozart, Szymanowski” and in 2015 recorded with organist Carol Williams on her CD, "Just Carol - Compositions."
Winner of numerous 1st prizes in state and local competitions, Annelle appeared as a soloist with San Diego Symphony, California Chamber Orchestra, and many other orchestras. She was awarded the 2014 Glenn Dicterow Music Scholarship, has received scholarships from the League of Allied Arts and the Musical Merit Foundation, and has been supported in part by a Sphinx MPower Artist Grant. From 2012-2015, Gregory was concertmaster and a featured soloist for the California International Music Festival Orchestra and served as Asst. Concertmaster for the 2013 World Youth Chamber Orchestra tour. She has been featured on BBC Radio, American Public Media radio, KUSC radio, German Television, Detroit Public Television, and XLNC1 radio and has performed at numerous venues abroad including in Russia, Germany, and Portugal, as well as throughout the United States. Gregory currently studies under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. Her previous teachers include Michael and Irina Tseitlin. She also performs on viola and has played piano since age 4.
She has played drumset, guitar, and bass guitar and composes music in a variety of styles from classical to rock. Gregory has studied and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian classics.
Georgy Gusev - cello
CEO & Artistic Director at GOSH Projects
After receiving a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from the Moscow State Conservatory in Russia, Georgy Gusev moved to Italy to study with Sicilian virtuoso Giovanni Sollima at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia where he earned the diploma “Master of Cello.” As soloist he has performed with orchestras and various ensembles in the best classical and modern halls of Russia, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, China, and the US. He has participated in various international festivals alongside many world-renowned classical musicians such as: Natalia Gutman, Giovanni Sollima, Enrico Dindo, Eliso Virsaladze, Rocco Filippini, Monika Leskovar, Sonig Tchakerian, Boris Andrianov and Alexander Bouzlov.
Gusev also works as a composer and among his recent projects, he released a series of compositions for cello solo called The Traveler’s Diary (originally Breviario per Nomadi) that has been used as a background for various TV shows by the Italian national television RAI and several films. His first solo album Cello Drive, includes Gusev’s innovative compositions as well as completely revised arrangements of national melodies and songs, which was sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld and was released by the UK label North2North in June 2016.
Gusev has taught for over two years as a docent at the Accademia Musicale Praeneste in Rome and has held master classes of modern approach to classical music in Zagarolo (2013-15), Rome (2014-15), and Moscow (2014-15). He also holds a private studio of both cello and piano. Besides performing and teaching, Gusev is actively involved in promoting cultural exchange between Russian and Italian musicians. As such, he frequently organizes Italo-Russian master classes in Rome and Moscow and in 2013 founded the International Music Festival “Masters of Music” held annually in Moscow.