GREG C. BROWN
Renowned Classical Guitarist
Performer, composer and recording artist Greg C. Brown picked up a guitar in 1982, and since then it has shaped his life. His musical interests moves beyond the borders of the US, across Europe and into Asia; Brown cites such diverse influences as Beethoven, Eddie Van Halen, Paganini, and the countless composers of traditional Spanish, Flamenco, and Chinese music.
To date, Mr. Brown has released 14 CDs either under his own name, or various projects. He has performed in Europe, across the United States and Canada. Brown has been a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society, the College Music Society and the Society of Composers, Inc. He taught guitar at Mary Baldwin College from 2004-2006, other private institutions for 10 years and is currently teaching privately in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he resides. He is a graduate of the Music, Video and Business program at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. His music has been heard on TV, Film and Video Games and has been transcribed into Braille. Mr. Brown’s recordings are distributed globally through The Orchard, and wherever files can be downloaded. His compositions are available through Les Productions D’Ozand J.W. Pepper
Violinist - Composer
In his dual role as violinist-composer, Ittai Shapira is a rarity in the 21st century, but follows a long line of musicians who, in writing and performing their own works, have relished both forms of creativity.
Described by the NY Times as “an Israeli dynamo with a flourishing solo violin career” and “Electrifying” by the London Times, Ittai Shapira regularly performs with prestigious orchestras across the globe. Engagements include performances with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic under Sir Neville Marriner, Cape Town Philharmonic,, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israeli Virtuosi at Alice Tully Hall hosted by Itzhak Perlman, The Knights, the Philharmonia, Polish Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and the Symphony Orchestras of Budapest, and Shanghai, Finland and Sweden with the Oulu Sinfonia.
Shapira made his Carnegie Hall Debut in 2003 with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, & has premiered 19 concertos and recorded 20 CD's. In addition to performing standard repertoire, he has collaborated with the Daniel Pearl Foundation for an HBO Film, has performed with Glenn Close, and Brooke Shields.
He has recently premiered and recorded his Concerto for Violin and Cello, “Sephardic Journeys”, coupled with his Violin and Clarinet Concerto, a multidisciplinary project in close collaboration with Sir Salman Rushdie and visual artist and Alexander Klingspor. The two works will be coupled on a recording with the BBC National Orchestra Wales; “MAGYAR” for two Violins and Orchestra with Hagai Shaham and the Arpegionne Orchestra in Austria; A CD album will be released by Champs Hill Records, co produced with the BBC in February 2019.
Ittai Shapira studied with Ilona Feher in Israel and Dorothy DeLay and Robert Mann at the Juilliard School. He is the co founder of the Ilona Feher Foundation with his colleague, Hagai Shaham, dedicated to the promotion and nurturing of young Israeli violinists.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Sound Potential”, an organization dedicated to medical, educational, and societal healing through Music.
The Victor Herbert Foundation has recently given him a special award in recognition and support for these unique projects.