Penn Contemporary Music presents an evening of solo violin works.
Greg Fulkerson, violin
Professor of Violin Gregory Fulkerson's Bridge recording, J. S. Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, made The New Yorker's short list, "Disks of Distinction." Russell Platt, writing in the January 15, 2001, issue of the magazine, says that Fulkerson "combines a thorough knowledge of early-music techniques with the generous warmth of the mainstream tradition, filtered through the attentive ears of a first-class new-music player." The recording has garnered enthusiastic reviews on the other side of the Atlantic, as well. England's Classic FM magazine lauds his "uncontainable energy and gloriously full-bodied sound . . . Fulkerson plays like a man possessed, taking the various technical hurdles in his stride, vividly communicating the genius of this extraordinary music."
Fulkerson has distinguished himself in a broad spectrum of musical activities. Since winning first prize in the 1980 International American Music Competition, he has performed more than 35 different concerti with orchestra, including New York appearances with the Philadelphia and American Symphony Orchestras.
In 1992 he performed the role of Einstein in a world tour revival of Philip Glass's landmark "Einstein on the Beach"--he also recorded the work for the Nonesuch label. His recording of Charles Ives's violin sonatas on the Bridge label has become the standard version of those works.
Fulkerson holds two undergraduate degrees from Oberlin in 1971--a bachelor of music degree in violin performance and a bachelor of arts degree, with honors, in mathematics. He also holds the M.M. (1979) and the D.M.A. (1987) from Juilliard. Among those with whom he has studied violin are Ivan Galamian, Paul Kling, Daniel Majeske and Dorothy DeLay.