B i o g r a p h y
Gregory started playing the piano when he was four. At eleven, he began studying at Lenoir-Rhyne College under Dr. Thelma Rast, with whom he continued until his graduation in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance. While in college, Gregory was a recipient of the Hickory Music Club Award, as well as the winner of an eight-state concerto competition.
Gregory was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, where he was also awarded the Creative Programming Award. Also in 2016, the city of Lenoir, North Carolina, presented Gregory with a Pinnacle Award for lifetime achievement in music.
In October 2016, Gregory was invited by WDAV to perform and record on Van Cliburn's own piano, CD 375.
In March, 2017, Gregory was invited to perform an all-Chopin recital at the Gasteig Performance Center in Munich, Germany as part of the Mein Pianoforte Pianomarathon Internationaler Meisteramateure festival.
Gregory has performed in Bass Performance Hall and Van Cliburn Recital Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, and as guest soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Western Piedmont Symphony. In addition, he performs regularly with a variety of local musical groups, including Puddingstone and the Caldwell Men’s Chorus. He has appeared extensively over the years with choral groups, schools, stage shows, and various other soloists and musical groups. In October 2014, Gregory was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America, reaching over 1.4 million listeners each week. His performances have also been broadcast on WDAV’s Carolina Live program.
Photo by Charles Wingate