Gregory Fulkerson, violin
Internationally acclaimed American violinist Gregory Fulkerson has had an important career in classical and contemporary music. It was as a major exponent of American contemporary music that he rose to prominence, taking the first prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center. As a result, he began an active performing career that included debuts in New York and Europe. He has performed over thirty concerti with orchestra, including the world premiere of Richard Wernick’s Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. Dr. Fulkerson performed the title role in the 1992 revival and recording of the Philip Glass opera Einstein On The Beach. Recent performances include the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas at the Barge in Brooklyn NY, solo recitals featuring works by Bach, Elliott Carter and Bartok at New York University, Saint Francis College (Brooklyn) and the Walker Museum of Art (Cleveland), and the Delius Concerto with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
As a professor at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dr. Fulkerson mentored many young artists and chamber groups, including the Pacifica Quartet, the Miró Quartet, the iO quartet, the Jasper Quartet, and the contemporary music ensemble 8th blackbird. He was also the Director of the Cooper International Violin Competition from 2011 to 2019.
Of special note are Dr. Fulkerson’s highly acclaimed recordings. His debut recital recording in 1981 for New World Records was chosen one of the year’s best by The New York Times. His recording on Bridge Records of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach was chosen one of the Best CDs of 2000 by The New Yorker magazine. Other Bridge recordings include the complete violin sonatas of Charles Ives with Robert Shannon, and the Stephen Jaffe Violin Concerto, winner of the 2006 Koussevitzky award. Gregory Fulkerson was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and studied at Oberlin College and at The Juilliard School. He is proud to carry on the traditions of his teachers, Paul Kling, David Cerone, Ivan Galamian, and Dorothy DeLay.