• Professor of Violin
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Education

  • BA with honors in mathematics, Oberlin College, 1971
  • BM, Oberlin Conservatory, 1971
  • MM, Juilliard School,1979
  • DMA, Juilliard School, 1987
  • Violin study with Ivan Galamian, Paul Kling, Daniel Majeske, Dorothy DeLay

Biography

Gregory Fulkerson rose to prominence as a major exponent of American contemporary music, taking the first prize in the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Kennedy Center (now sponsored by Carnegie Hall). As a result of that victory, Fulkerson began a very active performing career that included debuts in New York, London, Paris, Rome, and Brussels. He has performed more than 30 concerti with orchestra, including the world premieres of the John Becker Concerto with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Roy Harris Concerto with the North Carolina Symphony, and the Richard Wernick Concerto with Riccardo Muti conductiong the Philadelphia Orchestra. He performed the title role in the 1992 revival of the Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach, for a total of 48 performances on four continents. He later recorded the work for Nonesuch. 

Fulkerson began playing the violin at the age of four in the University of Texas String Project. His early studies were guided by Paul Kling, whose profound intelligence and deep love of music has proved a constant inspiration. He is a 1971 double-degree graduate of Oberlin College (honors in mathematics), where he studied with David Cerone. His early career included three years in the Cleveland Orchestra, a year as the founder of the Audubon Quartet, four years with the New York New Music Ensemble, and two seasons as concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony. He pursued graduate studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. 

His debut recording on New World Records was chosen one of the year’s best by the New York Times, and his recording of the complete Violin Sonatas of Charles Ives (on Bridge Records) has become the standard for that repertoire; other Bridge recordings include the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach (chosen one of the Best CDs of 2000 by the New Yorker magazine) and the Stephen Jaffe Violin Concerto, which won the Koussevitsky Award in 2006. His most recent recording is the Concerto No. 2 by Paul Creston, on Albany Records. 

Fulkerson has been professor of violin at the Oberlin Conservatory since 1982, and has also taught at Indiana University and New York University. His students inhabit every level of musical life in America, including professional quartets, new music groups, teachers, crossover artists, and concertmasters, principal players, or section players in most American orchestras.

He has sat on the jury for the 1989 Rockefeller Competetion, the 2008 Postacchini competition, and the 1999 Carl Nielsen competition, and has been a regular semifinal juror for the Concert Artists Guild annual competitions since 1996. He has participated in the Marlboro, Grand Teton, Bang on a Can, Round Top, AlexFest, Cabrillo, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, and taught for eight years at the Musicorda Summer School for Strings.

Since 2007 he has been holding intensive bow-arm classes at the Aria Festival. He has concert representation by Melody Bunting International of New York.

Fulkerson plays a violin by J. B. Guadagnini, Turin, 1774.

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Chamber Orchestra

December 26, 2016
Conducted by Raphael Jiménez on December 6, 2016, this concert by the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra featured Professor of Violin Gregory Fulkerson in his performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto...