Award-winning violinist ANNELLE KAZUMI GREGORY is a laureate of international competitions, virtuoso violinist, and recording artist. She is 1st Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and a Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. Her most recent project was the release of the first-ever CD of Sergei Rachmaninoff's complete violin/piano works, recorded with Russian pianist Alexander Sinchuk (Bridge Records 2017). The CD has received international acclaim and aired on radio stations across the US and Europe. She also recorded two pieces that were dedicated to her with concert organist Carol Williams on Williams' CD, Just Carol – Compositions.
Gregory 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. Other awards include 1st Prizes in the 2017 Grand Prize Virtuoso International Competition, the 2016 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, and the 2015 Beverly Hills National Auditions.
As a soloist Gregory has performed with the symphonies of Detroit, La Jolla, San Diego, Chicago Sinfonietta, Nashville, Santa Monica, California Chamber Orchestra, and Torrance, working alongside such conductors as Mei-Ann Chen, Andrew Grams, Guido Lamell, Anthony Parnther, Chelsea Tipton, Michelle Merrill, and Thomas Wilkins. She has made appearances at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center, as well as abroad in Russia, the UK (Royal Albert Hall), Germany, and Portugal. Gregory was a featured soloist in the 2016 iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates and in 2013 opened for the Moscow Ballet, performing a solo with the principal ballerina. She has been featured on BBC, American Public Media, KUSC, and WQXR radios, and others as well as on German Television and Detroit Public TV.
Gregory graduated summa cum laude from USC's Thornton School of Music, where she studied under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. She has studied under Michael & Irina Tseitlin since 2008. In addition to violin, she also performs on viola. She has played piano, drumset, guitar, and bass guitar and performed tap, jazz, flamenco, and Japanese classical dance. In her spare time, she enjoys reading Russian classics and cooking.